Jeg får stadig vekk gode (og mindre gode) innspill fra mitt nettverk. Her er et innspill jeg synes er verdt en plass på BETTERWAYS. Marc er opptatt av læring. Det er jeg også. Her er hans tanker:
“The problem today in education is not poor implementation. It is an abject failure of both theory and aims. To say that learning is made joyous or not is irrelevant. Learning just IS. Like the Energizer bunny, we humans just keep learning and learning. We need to learn that the issue is not IF we are learning or not (nonsense), or that learning or teaching must address different styles, The problem at hand is WHAT we are learning. We need to ask whose purposes are served by those who foist the current educational model upon us and claim that problem is incoming materials (students) or inept line workers (teachers), or even management.
Above, I have hinted at what learning is and how it happens. The body of theory is unfamiliar ground to most people, most especially educators. Suffice to say that my 40 yr. carrer has been as an educator. I have lots of credentials and practice in public schools, universities and business organizations. I’ve even done some workshops for teachers. I began those workshop with the following question.
What is learning and how do people learn?
Much to their embarrassment, most teachers were unable to formulate any coherent answer and the few who gave it a shot were fuzzy at best. (Try answering my question yourself.)
Not surprisingly quite a few came up with pop-psy versions of operant conditioning–stimulus-repsonse and incentives stuff. Call gold stars, tough love, personal attention, honors classes and self-esteem trophies what you will, they’re still just rat mazes baited with cheese.
A few mucked about with latest fMRI nueromanical ideas about brain chemistry and topography. You know, chemical imbalances, lefties and righties and the like. The saddest of the lot mumbled silliness about different learning styles. What is that, different strokes for different folks? A silly dodge.
But all commit the fundamental error of thinking that the object of learning is about acquiring a bunch of stuff called knowledge–in books, on the internet, in teacher brains or during cool activities–and that learning is something that individuals called “learners” do–some better and some worse.
None of these ideas come even close to what’s going on with never-ending, unstoppable, creative communal process of learning that has been going on since the dawn of mankind among every variety of people on earth.
We have thoroughly confounded the actively ongoing creative process called learning with our desire to control WHAT is learned. We have taken it upon ourselves to manufacture the human mind as if assembling standardized parts on an automobile production line. We sort and classify incoming by criteria such as money, status, race, and iQ. And then all the way down the line, we inspect and classify, rework and sort until at the end we assign final product into bins marked elite universities, public colleges, vocational training, jobs, military fodder, street people, criminals and prisoners.
This is our current version of the subsystem to the system that is us that suboptimzes the whole. By definition it does what it does and will keep doing so for eternity, all things being equal that is.
As some point along the line we changed our definition of what it means to learn–the hows and the whys–and adopted a production line model of education in which teachers are line workers assembling and reworking standardized parts to fit into a system that can only sustain itself so long as everything and everyone is operating within pre-specified tolerances. And so long as remains true, nothing better can possibly emerge because discrepant product is sent to scrap and history is ground to a halt. And given this particular model and method of production, what is learned is learned very well, which is exactly this model and method. Pity the poor children born into such a world.
We have no problem with learning, the only problem we have is that what and how we are being taught, is just plain wrong.”
Jan Jensrud/ 29. juli 2013