I can’t believe I am writing a blog! For 28 years I navigated a course through school absorbing facts and details so that one day I could use them to benefit others individuals or communities. At first learning writing and reading in the early years, taking vocabulary tests and completing projects with sporadic field trips in middle school, following the curriculum while being told how to excel at sports in junior high school, and studying dates, literature, and test taking with detail after detail in high school.
The small details of Organic Chemistry and the cellular cycles of Biology had to be memorized for four years in college before four more years of minute, repetitious clinical practice before finally applying my skills within a real person’s mouth in dental school. After two more years of learning the didactics of accounting to contrast the efficacy of research, as well as studying psychology to understand the best course of interaction with children did I finally begin as a pediatric dentist.
After being fed so much information, you can understand why I was surprised to have the opportunity to actually create my own thoughts and pass on my own knowledge. After all that I have learned, I now know that there is so much more to be educated on. We are all experts on certain topics, but we base our knowledge on evidence from the past. I think the more we accept that we don’t know about our ever-changing world, that more progress we will make into the future.
Dr. Keaton Howe