So, if you’re like me, you may be wondering how this generation of young learners would define a radical or revolutionary individual in today’s world of learning and relationships. Would their thoughts point to more “white-hat” members of society or would they turn to those individuals who are terrifyingly disrupting the progress of a culture? In the words of the prolific Paul Simon: “Who will be [their] role model, now that [their] role model is gone, gone“. We remember this music video; if the song comes on, we’ll stop what we’re doing and sing along. Actually, this is an apt video for the themes we’re exploring today in my school and blog: role models, trust, and learning on the edge.
What are the principles of a revolution? What factors lead to a dramatic and wide-reaching change in the way something or someone works or is organized and also thereby changes people’s ideas about it? The reason I am wondering this is because…
I remember when I applied for my college junior year abroad to study in Chile; I had to write a proposal about what I would like to get out of my experience and studies there. I wrote about revolution, about the need for our perceptions to radically change in order for ourselves to change. My views of this really haven’t changed since then. I even had them strengthened from my Harvard Ed. classes, teachers like Eleanor Duckworth and Karen Mapp challenged me to go beyond the doldrums of regulatory teaching.
Still, I haven’t re-read a novel in a while. I write and I write. I write and I write. To write is to revolutionize your thinking. Why? Sometimes we don’t know what we think until we write. Writing a paper about your thoughts is one of the reasons we need teachers to assign writing.
Learning on the edge + role models = great education. My students in my 10th and 11th grades blog their hearts out. They wonder when they will get the chance to blog again. It’s amazing I have the trust from them to make a space for expression. They want to express. The essay as form (the blog as platform) cannot exist without the common denominator of trust. The most learning on the edge comes from institutions that harness creativity. Creativity comes from taking materials and putting them together in such a way that the learner decides best suits the listener/observer. I cannot remember the last time I was creative, especially after enjoying a two-week vacation from break.
Coming back from break, I found that I am more introverted than extroverted. I need that space to gather my energy again.