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.
It has already taken several readings to grasp a basic understanding of the brilliance contained within this little book (it is less than 100 pages). However, I think it well worth the time spent to understand the ideas it proposes and will probably continue to dig for what I think is the hidden solution to a balanced educational approach that can develop the individuals sense of morality without forcing them to embrace the academic anorexia that plagues the contemporary college and high school campus experience.
Changing the world is more accessible to all of us today than ever before, but this does not mean the challenge is any easier than it was a thousand years ago. The most difficult person to change is often the one who is closest to us. In fact, changing our own minds can sometimes seem like an impossible feat.
“Computer programs are structured – teachers have to follow what a program tells them to do. The pencil-and-paper approach is more flexible. Teaching assistants could adapt what they were doing a bit more, to the individual children." https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/pupils-learn-more-quickly-using-pen-and-paper-a-computer-study-shows
If I am new to writing, it will be difficult for me to make a value statement about the quality of one author or another. On the other hand, I will quickly be able to discern my feelings toward that author. Perhaps the function of human-centered learning is not to dismiss either sort of observation, but rather to help the individual recognize where each one is valuable in the process of education.
Welcoming the Person Back to the Process of Education When I first opened the book “The Courage to Teach” by Parker Palmer, I had no idea that the ideas it contained would connect with me so strongly. To begin with, I have never had a problem with facing a classroom - in part because I have … Continue reading A Review of “The Courage to Teach” by Parker J. Palmer
Everyone is learning, all the time. Whether or not this learning leads to positive results depends upon internal as well as external factors that vary for every student. John Dewey’s book Experience & Education liberated my idea of education from its confined location in a school classroom and brought the importance of learning into every area of life.
"Who doesn't want a beautiful, extraordinary life?" I think this video encapsulates the idea posed by CS Lewis that "something deep within the human heart breaks at the thought of mediocrity." Take inspiration from this video shared by my friends at http://www.created.education. They are exploring ways to empower individuals to achieve this goal by creating … Continue reading A Beautiful Extraordinary Life
This piece was first published at http://www.listenlovelead.com on February 22, 2015. For a light piece of reading, check out this article at Psychology Today that provides an overview of some effects that music has on the brain. If you are really feeling like getting into the thick of neuroscience, the process by which the brain encodes memory, … Continue reading Music & Memory