The question: Explore a model of enforced independence. How do we create a learning environment where people must be responsible? How do we assure ourselves that learners will self-assess and self-remediate?
Every Art Every Child – Studio Habits
“As artists, kids have to learn to chase the quality of their work. Artists must make the best art that they can make, but that’s not your job. Your job is to get your students to chase the quality of their own work and make the best work they can make. So it can be confusing. I think we get really trapped and stuck in thinking that it’s our job to make really high-quality work, so that we can put it out in the hall and everybody will say that we have a good art program. “
I like this quote and think it fits in with the idea of “enforced independence”—which might sound better if we thought of it as removal of “dependency” or as Felicia Sullivan mentioned on Facebook: Graduated Release of Responsibility
https://www.mheonline.com/_treasures/pdf/douglas_fisher.pdf where a person goes from being a student to being a learner.
Being a life-long-learner is something to take on personally. Seems odd to me that anyone would find something in school to personalize, it all seems so deliberately generic. But maybe an interest springs up and person wants to learn more. Or because everything is so the same, an individual wants a different viewpoint than the “we are all knowing the same thing in the same way” tape loop and goes off on their own? Or after a while of “not understanding”, people begin see the system isn’t listening, is going to persist repeating the same gibberish, and those people see no loss in finding a genuinely responsive environment and attempting to figure things out themselves.
In normal times of course any ideas outside the norm are punished by further exclusion but the price of non-membership may be worth it.
Step one in creating a self-actualizing learner is to display respect for personal interests. There are too many things out there to cover all of them. And it’s simply not possible that some things are unworthy further attention because all the important crap needs to be covered first. Why are we afraid of self-declared interests? Will people skip out on brain surgery in favour of bowling? It seems we always need to do some “necessary” thing first and forget how to be interested.
One last thing, an independant learner can be wrong and not know it but will never be as wrong for so long as the celebrated Mr Clueless because LLL self-corrects.
Can’t Find My Way Home – Bonnie Raitt & Lowell George & John Hammond Jr & Freebo