A blog about Learning, about Education, about transformation, about change, about youth voice, about democratic human centered education. I am trying to ask the question "Why we educate" and what my answer means to me as a teacher and how my role shapes society and the whole.
This great article written by Peter Grey provides the argument for more freedom in our classrooms and for less tests with finite answers.
“Creativity is nurtured by freedom and stifled by the continuous monitoring, evaluation, adult-direction, and pressure to conform that restrict children’s lives today. In the real world few questions have one right answer, few problems have one right solution; that’s why creativity is crucial to success in the real world. But more and more we are subjecting children to an educational system that assumes one right answer to every question and one correct solution to every problem, a system that punishes children (and their teachers too) for daring to try different routes. “
Are we providing students with the chance to be creative and expand they ability to imagine, rethink, and improve our society and themselves. It also highlights the argument that testing creativity standardized testing or multiple choice short answers will not work. Classrooms that support creatively and purposeful freedom are not only good for our students, but also for a success democratic society.
I think school is the perfect place to embrace this type of experimentation of life. That is why we need to have less lesson planning and more question asking, more tinkering, more wondering, more being bored and confused, both by the teacher and the students. If we come into class every day with the answers it is hard to leave with anything new.
How often do you embrace the process of experimentation and process of true creative thought? Is your classroom a laboratory or a factory?
-adventures in learning
- Brian Eno, cited by Eric Tamm in Brian Eno: His Music and The Vertical Sound Of Color
I try to take walks everyday, to let the world wash over me and wipe out work thoughts for a while.
If we think about this in terms of education…. then we have to totally rethink how we go about structuring the day.