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Social Learning Creating Waves of Change


There is a wave of change and it's being driven by social learning via the internet. How long it takes for institutions to adopt these new concepts is based on many different factors. Perhaps the biggest problem facing education is the education system itself and those who are controlling it.

I’d say we should focus instead on helping people find what will make their lives as fulfilling as possible, and then support them in excelling at it. Let’s figure out the best possible role the schools can play in achieving that outcome.

Kids are not stupid, they know that once they complete their 'education' a job in their chosen interest is not guaranteed, especially in today's job market. Motivation is therefore dampened and as a direct result happiness and fulfillment are negatively affected .

Tomorrow's knowledge workers need to gain new skills. They need to learn from Master learners who can teach them how information can be curated, stored, re-found and shared. It is no longer necessary to memorise everything, it is more important to know where to find the answers and from whom.

Building communities of practice and allowing those communities to find their own solutions plays a defining part in the future of education. If the future of schooling is to be heavily based around the social internet it would make sense for education to adopt it as soon as possible.

Is it possible that as leaders we need to be thinking differently?

For leaders to think differently leaders need to change their thoughts. From a cognitive perspective, this is easier said than done. If leaders are unable to change their thoughts, technology will eventually become disruptive and cause change without choice. This is probably the most likely outcome based on the difficulties of changing core foundational upbringing.

I don't think there are any teachers whose personal ambition isn't to ensure kids are fulfilled or happy, although I do think teacher's hands are tied, and from their own professional perspective, ensuring their students hit 'educational' targets is their main priority - especially if they want to keep their jobs!

Thanks to Jeff Cobb for inspiring this post, which was originally shared in 2010.


Insights from: What if schools had to make kids happy? by Jeff Cobb

Here’s a simple (though perhaps not easy) proposition: Let’s value schools based on their ability to help produce happy adults.

I’ve been struck by how little weight is given to fulfillment and happiness as a desired outcome of our educational system – at least in the U.S.

If it is all about higher test scores, then guess what, our educational institutions will develop approaches aimed at producing good test takers.

Trying to gauge whether schools have contributed in a meaningful way towards fulfillment, towards the type of happiness associated with “the good life,” as Aristotle put it, may seem messy, but it strikes me as increasingly possible. The research that Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and others have done in the field of positive psychology suggest numerous approaches that might be tried if we have the collective will to test and implement them.

A focus on fulfillment also strikes me as increasingly necessary

But more importantly, if we expect to achieve new heights, we need the people who do these things to love them, to be passionate about them, to see them as part of a fulfilling, happy, engaged life. We don’t need to be shoving them down the throat of every student who enters our educational system. That devalues both the outcome and the student.

Source: www.missiontolearn.com

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