Carol Black spoke at ISEC’s Economics of Happiness conference in Berkeley, March 2012. Her talk is powerful:
Reclaiming Our Children, Reclaiming Our World.
Take a listen to a 40 second clip of it. [Find the entire talk here.]
Before we have compulsory public ed – 95% -ish literate
[long pause for pondering]
Interesting, no? How exactly is this obsession/occupation/compulsion working for us?
Perhaps compulsion isn’t our best bet after all. Perhaps it’s leaving the majority behind.
Another 95% – via Chris Mercagliano‘s In Defense of Childhood –
95% of all learning occurs spontaneously, through play, fantasy, and experimentation, what I (Chris) – call wild learning. Only 5% of our knowledge – in our lifetime – is acquired through formal instruction, and of that 5%, we remember only 3-5% for any significant length of time. There is a model imperative – wild learning needs to be modeled by others – but it can be anywhere, by anyone, at anytime. p. 32
Perhaps trusting the learning, trusting the learner, will reconnect us with our humanity.
When people have a need to be literate.. they will be literate.
jan 2015 – Cevin Soling on why students should be allowed to cheat: