‘The guiding principle being put forward is that schools must be self directing.’ John Goodland
‘It is, in fact, little short of a miracle that the modern methods of education have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail.’
I do not believe education happens in just a school setting. If we are open to new things and explore what is around us, there is a lot of real education available. There is a whole wide world at our fingertips now. what we learn from it, what we take from it, is up to us. Or just you. YOU need to find what is out there.
We mainly think in terms of our children in education (unless you are into Continuing Ed classes or going back, like I did, for your Masters/PhD later in life). If you are not seeking out “formal” paths of paper certified education, don’t think you still can’t, or worse, don’t, have more to learn. Opening yourself to lifelong learning is, to me, a very important part of life.
‘Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the life-long attempt to acquire it.’
— Albert Einstein
I’m now involved in the planning committees of TWO proposed Performing Arts Charter Schools. My work in curriculum development is being utilized here, making arts integration the main foundations of the schools. Yes, I want separate arts disciplines to thrive on their own, but the guidelines and rules of these Charter schools get in the way. Yes…the states mandates still get in the way.
If you’ve noticed, I have been somewhat quiet about educational subjects lately. Personally, it has been a frustrating period, and I have been trying to wrap my head around the restrictions imposed the two projects. If you look at the second link above, you’ll find a slew of alternative ideas out there. I am doing more research, so more on new(ish) ideas and thoughts to come.
The Bosch painting that heads this is how I see what is going on. My interpretation: we are fractured in our murky confinement. Boxed in, and boxed in again. Encased, closed off, separated, and just uneasily floating in a bubble that is waiting to burst.
What Constitutes Education?
In no particular order, MY answers to this are as follows (but, really, are not closed: I’m always open to a new idea, or simply one I forgot):
- Inquiry Based Learning
- Peer to Peer Mentoring
- Freedom for Failure (learning from the “mistake”, not making it a negative)
- Open ended process at times, to allow interpretations (doesn’t always work in Math & Science, but…)
- Feeling safe in stating/putting out your ideas
- Dialogue & exchange of ideas (see above)
- Exploration of the world around us (parks, museums, historical sites, using the internet properly, etc)
- LISTENING and focus
- Not settling for mediocrity,
- Not rewarding for least effort/what was required; only for going beyond what was expected
- Drop all the PC garbage, which creates this new fear & loathing, and really teach the history behind something, to…
- Allow ourselves the freedom to think, create and critique for ourselves.