WARNING: This is a ramble!
I have a lot of ideas.
Expressing these ideas, to this day, presents a problem for me. I wish I could take my mind and give it to someone else for a few minutes so they could see my ideas the way I do. I don’t mean this in an argumentative type of way, even though that is very important. What I mean is just explaining an idea can be very frustrating when you feel someone doesn’t see things the way you do.
Communication, as the saying goes, is key. But in addition to good communication, an important thing is to understand that people have different minds. That preconceived notions may skew something you say. That changing how another person sees something is incredibly difficult.
In explaining my ideas about life, learning and the world, I often encounter myself at a loss for how to best describe my ideas. They are too complex I suppose, but I guess saying that gives me more credit than I deserve. In reality, the cliche “Have an open mind”, really applies to understanding what I think and believe.
I’m not sure why it is hard to understand my ideas. I guess that it is even hard for me to understand my ideas. I know they are evolving. I know they are complicated. I know all my ideas are connected. Putting these two things, the complication and the connectedness of all things, together puts the world in a frame.
I can’t claim to have all the answers when talking about learning. I don’t have a step by step map to the a learning utopia, nor do I consider myself an expert AT ANYTHING. What I can provide though, is a knowledge that the problems we see in all things aren’t unsolvable. A knowledge that to solve the “unsolvable”, we must acknowledge complexities and connections that make up all of our problems. A total rethinking of how we learn has to include a rethinking of everything. Pinpointing certain problems will get us somewhere, but it can also just distract us from the big picture. Specific goals are good, but are a lot better in the context of larger ones. So fixing one aspect of school is important, but it won’t do much of anything unless it is along with the big picture.
Education is a complicated thing. It is affected by the “real world”, but also shapes the “real world”. In thinking about education we can’t keep it off in a bubble where solutions come without thinking about the rest of the world.