I have absolutely no idea why I never posted this on my own blog after all this while….it’s been, after all, 2 years! It has
been left sitting in LBS’ website isolated from the rest of its family here on this blog!
So here goes :
written in December, 2008
Part 1 : Deschooling in order to Educate for a better world.
On Dec. 8th FamilyPlace organized a talk by Professor Emeritus Gary Confessore, (Ed.D) of the Higher Education Administration of George Washington University who was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to lead a discussion on “Self-Directed Learning”. The talk was held at a venue in Kota Kemuning which was attended by about 40 parents of homeschoolers and homeschoolers-to-be.
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Local plastic bag producers are worried that the new statewide ban on plastic bags may ruin their business and cause their revenue to drop from $150,000 per month to almost nothing eventually.
It’s ironic that they didn’t stop to think about who was expected to pay for the environmental damage their monthly handsome revenue caused in the first place. Isn’t it unfair that a few parties concerned with only their own profits harm the future of thousands and thousands of people who have bought into the convenience, ignorantly or otherwise?
There are a few parallels between Plastic Bag producers and tuition teacher. Both rely on the ignorance of the public to churn out useless, wasteful, unsustainable goods or service with the sole aim of increasing their own revenue without thought to social and environmental impact. Tuition teachers, like plastic bag producers, rationalize it as offering something for the consumer’s convenience but a true examination of their motives will lead to a discovery that they are pandering to a market that wants what is convenient without regard to whether their goods and services truly deliver the benefits without creating long-term liabilities and consequences.
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Learning Beyond Schooling asked : Wouldn’t it be interesting if report cards were on teachers and the students evaluate their teachers’ performances? and it elicited a thread of comments.
My comment would have been a little too long to include and I dare not impose upon others, unless of course, they clicked the link and arrived at this page.
In the end it is not a matter of to school or not to school; it is a question of whether we educate for Freedom or we miseducate them into the trappings of life. ~ Sloane
I think though, that if we simply removed the thinking that Teachers are authority figures and that we need “learning institutions” to learn we would stand in the eye of the storm and see that the only problem with education is the fact that we all bought into the idea of systemized learning – that we need higher authorities, institutions and systems in order for learning to be valid.
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It’s too late to reform and it’s too late to convince other people how they’re thinking about education is wrong. To quote Alvin Toffler, “We’re going to see battles in country after country until this system is broken and replaced.”
I know a lot of people are angry at school for a lot of different reasons. But we don’t have to focus on the fact that it punishes us for mistakes, make us wake up early, force us to conform, kills our creativity, stifle our natural learning styles and aptitudes, makes us so bored that we no longer have a purpose in life, takes away all our precious time in our youth making us do boring, meaningless repetitive drill-work, pressure us to do useless exams which measure nothing, wastes our time and money and energy and our potential to be better.
One of the most naive assumptions I have made in life is that it is through education that a person has the best chance to shape his own destiny. Actually, education drives further apart the initial small divide. People with certain professions get to live in certain areas which gives them access to certain schools. People who are misinformed or less informed send their children unwittingly to “the wrong school”. This has serious repercussions; if you go to the wrong school, you’re going to miss experiencing certain things or learning from certain great mentors and these differences greatly affect how you shape your world beyond your education experience.
We are on the verge of radical shifts in our education systems, and not everyone will be happy to see them develop.
The pace of change mandates that we produce a faster, smarter, better grade of human being. Current systems are preventing that from happening. Future education systems will be unleashed with the advent of a standardized rapid courseware-builder and a single-point global distribution system. In the future, we predict students entering the workforce will be ten times smarter than they are today.
I’ve now crossed the threshold from the Innovator’s Dilemma to being able to confidently be like the flight attendant that gestures and says, “This way please to the exit……stay calm but hurry up.”
Hey, nothing to worry about. It’s just the Plane of Education System crashing. No need to hurry. Take your time. They’ve still got fuel (government spending) even though both engines are out. There aren’t going to be enough parachutes for everyone but that’s OK….stay buckled in your seat, like how schools have taught you to just sit down and be a good little boy or girl.
I’m filing this under Thomas Frey’s Future of Education because I plan to bring everything I am coming across which supports the ideas outlined in his paper under one theme.
I hope I have convinced you to get your copy and make at least 5 other people get it too! (I have 2 at least count.) And if you do, please tell me about it so we can share the experience together.
Here are excerpts taken from Ken Robinson’s THE ELEMENT – HOW FINDING YOUR PASSION CHANGES EVERYTHING. Picture for illustration only. Continue reading