Let’s talk about love.
Did you learn more in college than in high school? Most people do. Why? Because you got to be in charge, finally. You got to be in control of your education, you got to decide what you were going to learn.
Why do we wait so long? What about people who don’t go to college?
Traditional school squeezes people. It pushes for uniformity and creates a lack of personal investment. We need to make learning personal. We need to bring passion into learning. Students want to learn, they really do, but not if you tell them what, when and how. That robs them of the very thing that creates passion: their values, their interest, their choice.
You can’t divorce the two. Learning requires personal investment, personal connection. It requires that you give a damn. Tell me what to study, for how long, when… forget it. I’m supposed to respond to that? No. I’m a human being, not a robot.
The best, or arguable only, learning takes place when you are invested in what you’re studying. This generally means that you’ve made the choice to study it, which means that it’s important to you. Now you are primed to learn. Your brain and whole body even are ready to learn. You cannot force this, really. Either the whole of you is interested or its not. Learning can’t take place if you have no interest on your subject. So all those students sitting in class studying the subject that happens to be on the timetable right now have little chance of being interested.
We need a new model. One that respects how learning actually happens. Let’s have a model that understands how people learn: provide some choice, self-direction and personal investment for students: then stand back and see meaningful learning take place.