I think a lot about the difference in schooling and learning: schooling being the traditional structures and formats we’ve come to expect as “proper” indoctrination of our children; learning being the actual transformation of all that formality, curriculum, and good-intentioned rationality by students. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved learning, but when I try to think back, I was never a big fan of schooling. It seems ironic that after finishing high-school early, earnestly attempting escape from there, then dropping out of my first attempt at college, I spent the past 15 years of my life back in colleges, and now teaching in elementary schools . Indeed I learned, but I can honestly say I didn’t always enjoy the fact that it came via schooling.
Last week a like-minded friend shared the following video with me, excerpted from a speech by Sir Ken Robinson, regarding our historic journey to schooling and the consequential disconnect from learning it often brings. In my friend’s wise words, “…11 minutes to watch, hours to discuss…”.
Surely I’ll talk about this difference often, but what do you think of this video?