Ready to re-imagine the human story as a creative, building, gathering, home-making tradition rather than one of destruction, killing, and violence? The story of human history shapes how we see ourselves and our capacity for life and learning. How can humans become something other than what the stories say that we are? First, we have … Continue reading Re-write the Human Story with Ursula LeGuin
The limitation of online instruction is that much of it presumes education is entirely a matter of information transfer...and forgets that humans require more than answers to questions in order to live educated (and liberated) lives. The big question we face politically with both funding of the arts and with online schooling is really one … Continue reading The Limitations of Online Learning
What if we stopped working toward educating the person as if there was something missing from their current state? What if people are not problems to be fixed but opportunities to be unlocked? What if every student, as they are, is already complete and fully valued? This, at least, would overcome some of the racial, … Continue reading Already Complete
Formal education still has to wake up to the fact that a human being is more than just a walking brain - or at least figure out some way to measure academic growth besides standardized tests!
Let’s flip more than the order of learning activities...until the classroom becomes a place of discovery, a virtual laboratory for exploring any field of interest.
When you say the word freedom, people tend to think "no rules." However, in a classroom, this does not promote learning unless students have already internalized a certain set of rules or values through which they can effectively use the learning space.
What we see in any given situation depends upon the context in which we approach it. Education, therefore, must focus on providing students with a context, or a means of perception, through which they might see and understand reality as it is. Who has understood the subtleties of their native tongue before they were exposed to the … Continue reading Perception Depends on Context
Why do some babies believe it is possible to reach the Cheerio while others are content to wait for someone to bring it over and start spoon-feeding? I would suggest that this has more to do with the ego of the teacher than many of us educators are willing to recognize.
When the ‘Tao’ becomes a product of the educational system, it no longer has the power to keep mankind from destroying himself through utter submission to natural and irrational impulses. These will be exercised by a few over all the rest in a haphazard manner that invites no judgement of good or evil because these concepts in themselves are open to being shaped by those who happen to be in power at the moment.
We must see through some things, but Lewis suggests that humanity itself should not be on the agenda for a reduction to some element of nature that can be manipulated and changed.