What is the point of education reform? I feel like many people have jumped on the bandwagon in recent years, with myself included. I have begun to rethink my interest in this "reform". I've been asking myself questions like, "Can education be reformed at all within the current system?" and "SHOULD education even be reformed?". What is education anyway? (I'll delve deeper into the last question in an upcoming post)
Sir Ken Robinson talks about the distinct difference between education and learning in his latest TED talk, which was aired on PBS a couple of weeks ago. He is right, and at the same time, I find this disturbing. Education should be about the facilitation of learning, but there is minimal curriculum and delivery in public schools today that engages our kids. Hello!!!?? Does anyone else hear me out there?
Learning is about activating and nurturing our human curiosity. That's all it is. Curiosity is what makes us want to find out more about something. We will spend hours doing research, watching multimedia, and trying to master each component of that field or project. Why can't education be focused on this one thing?
Maybe some of it is, and I just don't see it happening in our traditional public schools. It is work for our students. It is work for our teachers (my fiance is one, so I know the kind of sweat she puts into this), and it is work for parents and administrators.
We, as human beings, thrive when we are having fun. Education is not fun. Learning is as fun as it gets. How can we get back to this? Let's stop for one f*$king second, and put some tactical steps in action to refocus on nurturing curiosity in schools. As a society, we need it.