I think we made the “education thing” up by constructing much nonsense about the written word being the supreme method of sharing ideas and information.
I think we have forgotten that sharing experiences and doing things together are matters that (1) allow us to learn and (2) make us human.
I began asking a question of Paramedic and EMT students (HS grads/GED) to kick-start discussions about medical-legal issues. I ask them to write down the first word that comes to mind when asked “What Are You?” I ask that question three more times, and request they again write their answer down.
The answers generally deal with biological sex, sex/gender/family roles and issues, race/ethnicity, nationality and intellectual capabilities. We discuss how the answers frame their current worldviews and how their worldviews will affect their future work as EMTs and Paramedics. We then consider how their worldviews skew interactions such as leads to miscommunications and misunderstandings, and discuss how their worldviews implicate the exercise of power in ways that lead to legal problems (the curriculum, after all, requires a set number of hours be devoted to medical legal matters).
I propose that the following questions constitute the true ‘common core’ of education, and that students and teachers be asked and required to answer them every day:
What are you?
What are you doing?
Why are you doing it?
What if your answers to the foregoing questions are faulty?
I suspect standardized metrics could not be applied to them – given the personal nature of the answers and the myriad interpretations possible, who would “we” be to measure them?
Perhaps I was “miseducated” and am entirely wrong – I did, after all, learn to count Little Indians, one-through-ten…