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Sunday, August 30, 2009

The World is Open

Bob Collier found this. He's good at finding stuff like this and he puts lots of those findings at his website and on his facebook, which is where I found this one.

The World is Open

Here are a few of my favorite excerpts from the article about the book...

"The primary thing to realize is that it is informal learning which is skyrocketing. Informal learning has rarely had credits attached to it. The main words with this openness are opportunities, choice, flexibility, empowerment, and, ultimately, freedom to learn."

"We need to stop thinking about what is not possible and replace such thinking with ideas and optimism of what is now possible!"

"Keep in mind that your original question, in many ways, assumes formal learning goals. My friend, Jay Cross, argues in his 2007 book, Informal Learning: Rediscovering Natural Pathways That Inspire Innovation and Performance, that perhaps 80 percent of learning is informal."

"Academics need to step back when thinking about the open learning world and reflect on all their learning experiences and activities. Yes, they went through primary and secondary school, college, graduate school, and perhaps postdoctoral study. Those extended formal learning experiences color our perceptions of any new form of education that arises. Today we have the potential for hundreds of millions, if not billions, of new learners who might not be seeking a formally accredited degree. They can play in a global educational sandbox with anyone at any time. In fact, the premise of my World Is Open book is that with the emergence of the Web, anyone can now learn anything from anyone else at any time."

Unschoolers have been saying this for years... that learning is everywhere, access to information is right there at your fingertips, literally. Schools are like this big giant slow moving beast, eating up everything in it's path, eating up people and pooping them out. I guess while inside this beast students are expected to learn everything they need to "succeed" in life, but the reality is that most people are destined for mediocre. Schools succeed in mediocrity because they meet the needs of the middle, the boring, the average.

WOW, a nation and world of boring mediocrity... and yet, there are still pioneers in life exploring the possibilities of alternate ways of living and learning! There is hope, even if it takes 20 yrs or more into the future to get beauracracy on board with what will then be the past. Schools are still in the 1950's textbook style, rote memorization form of learning. How well has that served anyone?

Reading articles such as this really reaffirm my belief in unschooling! Stepping outside the box and learning because of intrinsic motivation to do so, not because someone tells you that you need to. The desire to learn what you need to learn, to do what you need to do, without someone else telling you what that is... that's so freeing and world opening!

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