How do we help our students establish themselves as a “node” in a broad, global network of creativity and learning? Shouldn’t that be one of the fundamental questions that drives our work in schools right now?
The answers start, as always, with our own willingness and ability to go there. But they also start with transparently asking the big questions in our schools and communities. In light of the changes that the Web is bringing to our learning lives:
- What do we mean by learning?
- What does it mean to be educated?
- What is our value in a world filled with content and teachers?
- How do we best help students become patient, self-sufficient, sensitive, intelligent learners?
And finally this from George a couple of weeks ago:
When the education system is synchronized with the interests and passions of learners, the process is invigorating and tremendously motivating. However, when learners and educators have to fight the existing education system in order to learn and teach, it’s time for dramatic change.
Too many of us are fighting the system to learn and teach. We’re out of synch. If we’re not having these conversations in our communities, we really need to be.
All our lives it has been normal to have a centralized institution that is at the heart of what we need. This of course includes education but also health - energy - work and credit.
This worked quite well in the era of the mass market - but increasingly these institutions do not work for us - in fact they often work against us. AND they cannot be reformed.
But we can build a new network around them and is not this taking place?
This also offers many of us a new opportunity for work as well. My grand kids will need some one to host a conversation after they have done some math on the Khan Academy or as adults at MIT.
You and I need a host right now to help us change our eating habits to help us be healthy.
Many of us cannot cook - if we want to eat better we need help in a safe way to learn how to do this - Community Kitchen meets AA?
Tonight I go to a new "school" where I am going to learn how to run an urban farm - really intensive veggies - the group will help each other for none of us has done this yet. The value is in the hosting
What are we going to do about our kids at school right now on PEI who are shut out of the web? There is no budget for this so we will have to find a way to do this.
We don't have to get cross or be rude - we just need to start taking responsibility ourselves.