no one the same
Howard Gardner unleashed 100+ year’s worth of a mind-disabling coercion of compulsory ed when he shed light on the possibility that perhaps we needed a little space/option/flexibility to be ourselves. That perhaps there are multiple ways to learn. (musical, spacial, verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, bodily/kinesthetic, interpersonal/extrovert-ish, intrapersonal/introvert-ish, naturalistic, existential)
– for more on his multiple intelligences.
..the shininess of this finding/acceptance, perhaps has us yet in another foothold.
Thinking Krishnamurti… partial freedom is no freedom.. any labels are still labels/binding- or even more so because we now think we are differentiating/personalizing. We end up perhaps, duped by our own short sightedness – stifling our potential – by thinking we have zoomed out far enough to human potential/differentiation.
If we are indeed – each one different – how could we imagine any mold for how a person should learn.
Peter Gray, John Holt, Ivan Illich, Paulo Freire, James Bach, Logan LaPlante… countless others talk of trusting people, trusting learning.. not feeling the need to manage the situation. In fact, if we want life-long learners, people who can’t wait to get out of bed everyday, to do the thing they can’t not do, as a means to a sustainable/thrivable world, we’ve got to let go of this obsession we have to control learning. Even in the tiniest of ways.
People need time/space/permission to learn what they want to learn, when/how/why/where they want to learn, with nothing to prove. Otherwise… we are creating spaces of oppression. And we are missing people. (Peter Moskowitz ness)
the most beautiful thing we have in the world is that we are different.
the catastrophe of school – you can’t see the uniqueness of everyone.
square makes – not just no uniqueness – but also a competition – competition makes the bell curve
the weak people in the bell graph are weak only in the square – if we let them go out – they are excellent
7:45 democratic education doesn’t get the idea of the square/the box
7:55 everyone can be excellent if we give them choice
And Seth Godin‘s – We Are All Weird..
Mike Rowe – on the dignity of any work/job
Yong Zhao – on how focus on testing is killing creativity
Sir Ken – on school’s killing creativity – and finding your sweet spot/element
the it is me – what happens when you let a person follow their whimsy/heart
thumbprint ness – how we need 7 billion different people
what is normal
creativity – hard in a world that seeks to satisfy the norm
the cool part.. we are made to be different.. it’s all the differences that make us complete.. as one.
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