What school needs to be

Brian Kuhn commented on one of my recent posts ‘What’s so wrong with schooling’ where I listed  7 Tacit Lessons that Schools teach children. He counter – phrased those lessons in a way that schools could better facilitate learning.

Well said Brian.
1. Knowledge is free
2. Learning can take place anywhere and at anytime
3. Knowledge is best learned in projects or solving problems
4. To learn you need relevance, purpose, guidance, coaching, encouragement, and support
5. To learn you need a project, problem, or idea
6. You need peers and experts to assess your progress
7. Progress should be shown through evidence, portfolios, auditions, productions, products

Here are my own:

1. Knowledge is abundant and accessible
2. Learning can take place when the need and opportunity arises
3.  Learning happens when it is self initiated and relevant
4. To learn you sometimes need a facilitator or mentor
5. To learn you need a reason and an interest
6. You need peers, ones who know you and experts to assess your learning
7.  Exhibitions of making and doing and portfolios can demonstrate learning

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