Learning About Learning

You spend 10, 13, 17 years in school or more and you’d think everyone would learn exactly what they need to know in order to learn anything they needed to for the rest of their lives. Instead we’re left feeling like John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” or the Dead Prez’s “They Schools”: resentment or cynicism about compulsory schooling fogs the minds of some, while numbed out superficiality claims many of the rest. Left somewhere else along the way are the few who learned to learn, for better or worse. Unfortunately they’re the exception to the rule.

Learning about learning isn’t about the mechanical functioning of cognizance – but that’s part of it. It isn’t about multiple intelligences or social relationships or even student engagement – but they’re all part of it. Learning about learning is a multifacited experience including self-evaluation, planning, learning through doing, reflection, and critical self-examination.

Integrating this process into our programming for young people and our schools can only call out the higher purpose of education. Our future demands nothing less.

— This is Adam Fletcher’s blog originally posted at http://www.YoungerWorld.org. For more see http://www.bicyclingfish.com

Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to http://commonaction.blogspot.com. Learn more at adamfletcher.net!

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For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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