I ran into the following video last night in my reading. It appears that others are also thinking about changing some of the traditional assumptions about learning and learning institutions. For that, I cheer as I have long held the observation that traditional education, while having served us well for hundreds of years, is in need of an overhaul.
I would want to caution, however, against the idea of completely learning on your own. I am not sure yet exactly how the author, Anya Kamenetz, visualizes the future of education as I haven't yet purchased and read her book. But I do strongly feel that mentoring and coaching needs to be part of a good strong learning path.
There is a famous model called the Johari Window. Which makes the point that in order to grow, you need to reveal to yourself your hidden "blind spots." These are things about yourself that you cannot see. Everyone has blind spots and everyone can benefit in their growth by revealing them. Many professional organizations have peer reviewed aspects of their learning to deal with this. A Do It Yourself University hopefully will be no different.
This is why Co-ignite uses coaches and mentors in the learning programs. We help guide a purpose driven learning program that is designed and owned by the learner but guided by a mentor. This is what Co-ignite sees as the future of learning and education.
The Sonoma State University MA in Organization Development Program is offering an information meeting on May 7th. I highly recommend this program for learning about yourself and other individuals and groups - learning how we can all work together better.
Here is the information about the information meeting:
Attend this information meeting for an informal overview, and a question-and-answer conversation about this MA program. Discover whether it's right for you:
Saturday, May 7th at 3 pm
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Jeff Young on Mar 23, 2011
Tagged in: purpose, learning, innovation, education, creativity, challenges
Ken Robinson does it again. Here is a delightful video created by RSA that illustrates the shift in paradigm being called for in education. (Link to the Video) The video tells a clear story of what has happened that is causing the need for change.
We are not so much needing higher standards or a different curriculum as needing to shift from a manufacturing process of education to one of developing the individual capacity of each person. This requires a different process of learning than the current one of focusing on the subject and lecturing on it; encouraging students to find the one right answer. Instead, we need to focus on each person as a creative being and giving them a learning environment where they can grow into who they were meant to become.
This is the central purpose of Infinite Discoveries. We believe that each person should be looking to find a place where they can be in their own element; where they can thrive and bring forth their unique gifts and contribution to something that is important to them. We then loosely organize ourselves into collaboratives where we can collectively work on projects that are important to us that are aligned with our gifts.
We believe that learning and growth happens in collaborative groups formed from a common purpose; that learning and work are not and should not be separated. Work gives us the context for expressing our gifts and we need to continually learn how to be more skillful in that expression.
Dreamy-eyed, I look to the horizon across the Puget-Sound and imagine an ocean vast and terrifying. My life, a story, rises and falls with the waves which distort the image I see, like Narcissus captivated by his own reflection. Yet, instead of reaching for this ungraspable phantom and drowning myself, I shall reach past the image into the depths, fight the whale of a monster, and ride the waves.
Shall I float and survive this monster beneath the surface? Only time will tell; but I can’t fight him alone. Come, be my army; peer through my looking glass. Adventure, mystery, pain, confusion and much more lie on the other side. Hold my hand as I plunge myself into the waters of the unknown. Only then may I reach what is under the image of my life-blood, my dreams.
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