Learning how to learn, from the beginning

We may talk about being continuous learners, but the reality is that those who question the existing systems put themselves on the fringe. Christian Long cites the recent case of Pluto no longer being a planet and how this shows how brittle our formal education system is after some 100 years.

And let me get this straight: you want me to be a lifelong learner, but just not right-this-second ’cause that’s not in the rubric you mapped out this summer with the help of the study-to-the-test-consultants that did that workshop you sat through for credits to keep your job while you’d rather be teaching and inspring me and the rest of my buddies here in 5th period, because the textbook guys already struck a deal with teachers who don’t use the Internet and the worksheets were already printed and the tests were already evaluated for veracity and comparible student populations and big money was spent on all of it so we just sit here and read the textbook and take the quiz and all will be okay? Seriously?

But what about Pluto? They told that planet that all was okay and painted its picture in countless solar system maps and made little kids learn songs that rhymed the names of all 9 of them. And look what happened to that guy?

And is there someone I can call about this? Someone who has the answer? And isn’t worried about what the textbook says?

The same goes for informal learning in the workplace. After decades of being told how to jump through the right hoops and get all of the right stickers degrees, you now want all workers to think for themselves, but only enough to support the existing structure and not to question the status quo? Good luck, because all of this freedom to rip, mix & learn is very subversive.

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