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just saying…

curiosity is a natural and beautiful phenomena.
when generously facilitated, learning how to learn becomes the most basic, the most simple, and the most vital of all skills.
unfortunately, in public ed, as we have sought knowledge during an age where that suited us, we find ourselves bound by the very system that we ourselves manufactured to give us opportunity.
now that the ability to facilitate natural curiosity in a public school setting via individualization to infinity per passion/curiosity is possible, most of us are unable to tap into it.
it seems we need a manufactured short term detox/rehabilitation for any that have been through formal schooling, to get us back to the state of and believing in our natural curiosity.
nclb = absolutely

achievement gap = misnomer ..

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experimenting with the intersection of city and school. http://about.me/monika_hardy

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7 thoughts on “just saying…

  1. dang David…
    that made me cry.. esp this part: http://screencast.com/t/ZGNlZWVlZDUt

    why do we have to complicate the beauty out of it?

    Posted by monika hardy | August 13, 2010, 6:59 pm
  2. People can be scared out of being creative. People can lose their love of learning. People can be taught to be dull, compliant and fearful. Was that what the Old Model of school was actually DESIGNED to do? Maybe the model is working exactly as it was designed?

    It takes bravery and self confidence to learn well. Right now you have to be an outlier, on the margins, or go to an upper middle class school to be a creative, passionate learner in school.

    We are outliers.

    I’m not sure the pursuit of knowledge is actually the problem at the heart of the Old Model.

    Posted by Kirsten | August 15, 2010, 3:55 pm
  3. John Holt adds:

    “We like children who are a little afraid of us, docile, deferential children, though not so obviously afraid that they threaten our image of ourselves as kind, loveable people whom there is no reason to fear. We like the kind of ‘good’ children who are just enough afraid of us to do everything we want, without making us feel that fear of us is what is making them do it.”
    -John Holt, How Children Fail, 1964

    Posted by Kirsten | August 15, 2010, 4:07 pm
  4. such a good ted by Barry Schwartz if you haven’t seen it – the real crisis – we stopped being wise. via George Couros @gcouros.

    Posted by monika hardy | August 15, 2010, 4:40 pm
  5. I think the operative word for me in your post is “bound”. And a fascinating word it is, one that swings back and forth like a bell’s brass clapper. In one sense it means to tie down. It also means to adjoin. Or perhaps you like it to mean to bounce upward? How about the covers of a book? Or feeling obliged toward someone? I like its meaning as a noun that describes the boundaries of a property line–its metes and bounds.

    This is going the long way round the barn to say that perhaps we are not bound to but bounding toward some new and better place for learners. To extend the metaphor, in order to bound toward we have to put feet down somewhere. That somewhere is wherever fresh heaven or hell we happen to be working in at that moment. Otto Scharmer’s book U Theory
    suggests that if we are listening care-fully we can allow ourselves to be drawn toward an emerging future as we leap. I don’t mean for this to get fuzzy around the edges, but passion guides these bounds. We need to know clearly but not too clearly what we want. We make the road by walking as Machado writes.

    One of the most profound things I have ever read about how to become unbound and how to rebound was written by Myles Horton who said,

    “What you must do is go back, get a simple place, move in and you are there. The situation is there. You start with this and let it grow. You know your goal. It will build its own structure and take its own form. You can go to school all your life, you’ll never figure it out because you are trying to get an answer that can only come from the people in the life situation.” (Horton, 1997, p. 55)

    Horton, M. (1997). The Long Haul: An Autobiography. Teachers College Press.

    I conclude that we are not bound. Cut the spider’s web and let your own thread lower you to where you need to be. Be unbound.

    Posted by Terry 'tellio' Elliott | August 18, 2010, 9:19 am
  6. unbound… nice Terry.
    get a simple place… move in and you are there.

    i like it.

    Posted by monika hardy | August 18, 2010, 5:10 pm

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