Learning

Interesting post by George Siemens about learning – epistemology & ontology and the challenges in pursuing a Ph.D. The comments hit home about vulnerability – and questioning if you belong. Been there – and still am.

Learning is vulnerability. When we learn, we make ourselves vulnerable. When we engage in learning, we communicate that we want to grow, to become better, to improve ourselves. When I first started blogging, I had a sense of fear with every post (“did that sound stupid?”) …

Check out the entire post on George’s blog.

Purpose of Schooling

In this great post, the always interesting & thoughtful Shelley Wright talks about the emphasis on ‘academics’ in schools. She has some important things to say, I encourage you to read the entire post. Here are a few excerpts;

School should be a place where kids can discover what they love. They should be able to ask the questions that matter to them and pursue the answers. They should discover what they are passionate about, what truly sets their hearts and souls on fire. They should discover they can make a difference now. Above all, they should leave school knowing what they are good at.

and another;

Our school system doesn’t need to create kids who are good at school. Instead, we need to create an environment that engages learners, fosters creativity, and puts responsibility for learning where it belongs – with our students.

Check out the entire post: Academics What’s it Good For? in Wright’sRoom