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Steve Wheeler wrote two very interesting blog entries.

One was “Why do I bother?” which outlined why he blogged. I can relate to his reasons. Also noteworthy are Jeff Cobb’s five reasons to reflect daily and John Connell’s slow blogging.

Wheeler also wrote about breaking the mould of education, i.e. changing it radically for the better. He cited one of his favourite “anarchists” Ivan Illich:

A…major illusion on which the school system rests is that most learning is the result of teaching. Teaching, it is true, may contribute to certain kinds of learning under certain circumstances. But most people acquire most of their knowledge outside school, and in school only insofar as school, in a few rich countries, has become their place of confinement during an increasing part of their lives. [source]

When asked who his favourite “anarchists” were, Wheeler said:

Jesus Christ, Mozart, Picasso, Van Gogh, Stockhausen, Einstein, The Beatles and Dylan Thomas…. Few of these, if asked, would have classified themselves as anarchists in the sense that they wished to ‘destroy the world’. Many of them were criticised for being mad, deluded, drug-crazed or drunken, but each of them in their own way broke the mould, enabled us to see the world in a new way, and created new concepts that made us rethink our representations of reality.

Wheeler outlines his reasons for breaking the educational mould more succinctly than I can write here.

My simple and visual mind sees the reasons in the image above. What our children need to learn has grown (is growing and will continue to grow) too large for the confines of the current educational system. The educational system needs to be recontextualized and expanded to embrace social networks and real life, instead of being simplified models and reduced to tests or exams.

Like Wheeler, I agree that schools and universities will not go away. But they should not be the only place where we think “education” takes place. To think that it does is to kid ourselves and to do our children a disservice.

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A while ago, I wrote about how important it is to slow down (or even stop) to think. John Connell referred to this as slow blogging. The video above reminded me of this.

My take home message from the video: Slowing things down allows us to learn new things about ourselves and the world around us.

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