Saturday, May 4, 2013

A New Culture of Learning

Okay, I got a little sidetracked from Sir Ken Robinson's book (Out of Our Minds) and started reading the book, A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change.  The authors provide a very interesting view of how learning and what is becoming an international pastime, gaming, are related.  Instead of summing up each chapter or each part of the book, I am going to quote the last sentence of the book; "...where imaginations play, learning happens."

As an eighteen year veteran of public education, I found the statement below rather painful to read:

"Different people, when presented with exactly the same information in exactly the same way, will learn different things.  Most models of education and learning have almost no tolerance for this kind of thing.  As a result, teaching tends to focus on eliminating the source of the problem: the student's imagination." (Ouch!).

We all learn more and faster when our imaginations, emotions, interests, fears, etc... are part of the learning.  I am not a "gamer" by any stretch of the imagination, but do understand what the authors of this book are saying about teaching and learning in the 21st century.
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