There’s been great lively interest in getting this going. So, how do we ensure that all the words spilled here, and elsewhere, don’t end up as just words on the electronic page? How do we take it to the streets and bring about the change?
Here’s my plan. Create a series of playful/funky youtube videos (could be in the style of \”RSA Animate\” for ex, or a mix of these and others) asking the right questions: HOW do human beings grow/develop/learn? HOW is human motivation developed and how does it flourish? What is creativity and how can it be cultivated? If we can get some traction with these then we can get the word out about what school 2.0 looks like.
Next step: regional “education forums” – L.A., NY, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas….. – where 3-4 guest presenters present the answers to the above questions in a casual and interesting manner (not dry academia). Once interest is stirred up and answers are offered… then we do it. Parents/voters have to become moved to demand change from school districts, and this is the ultimate goal.
Also: from a recent book review of Practical Wisdom the reviewer notes “Too many graduate programs… tend to force-feed information into young minds rather than teach them how to use this information to make wise decisions.” Isn’t this the whole point we’re making here? Yet another piece of evidence that traditional schools are pushing “information” and NOT the “how to do something with it”. Again, as has been stated over and over again in this space, the emphasis is on CONTENT and not on thought. It’s the “empty vessel” syndrome: as if the mere filling-up with information is what “education” is all about.
One more time: “educare”, the Greek root of “education” means “to raise up, rear”. THIS captures the idea of education as being about “preparation for life” – the ultimate theme of this blog and the ultimate failure of traditional education. To “raise up” is to prepare for what will come, to provide the means to be independent and functional in one’s world/environment. Our traditional system does not a thing in this direction. This is the biggest problem and failure. Hence, the themes here. So, back to bringing this about.