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adebo ifesanya

Electric and Electronics Engineer, Electrical Engineering

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"...education doesn't go on in ... rooms of our legislative buildings. It happens in classrooms..." Is classroom the only place?

It seems that our creativity as a society would have to also evolve beyond the context in which we see education. The possibilities of what education is or could be, I believe is more than just a classroom. Education associated with a one physical location, as a school, would continue to fall under conformity and standardization. Let's see education as it is, that is, Education Happens in Society - home, media, role models, communities, offices, social gatherings, war and so on. Our world is education as seen by each unique being. Classroom is just a piece of it.


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    May 11 2013: I have never heard anyone express a counter view to yours. Does something in particular bring this question to your mind?
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      May 12 2013: Sure, I would like to hear him say explicitly that Education is beyond schooling. It seems like talks of education revolution are attempting to standardize "un-standardized" form of schooling, which was why I mentioned a look at out-of-classroom education. This mean you and I would begin to take responsibility of educating kids in our communities rather than expecting teachers as the only educators.
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        May 12 2013: I think the reason speakers might not explicitly state that education takes place also outside of schooling is precisely because everyone understands this fact and has throughout history. People of all ages learn from the full spectrum of life experiences, but learning things from parents and in community is very well established practice, including in primitive societies.

        For the last decade or so there has been a particular focus on getting parents and community involved in activities for learning readiness before kids start school and as collaborators with school.

        In typical schools in the US and, I expect elsewhere, there are internship programs, service learning, bringing people from the community into school, and taking students out of school into the community. There are after school programs in community all over town, whether for sports, the arts, science experiences, cultural events, and so forth, not to mention informal opportunities like social gatherings and festivals.

        Now there are lots of online learning opportunities, and in the US, I know, there are libraries and community centers which offer free programs and make computer resources available so that learners can take advantage of online resources.

        Museums and so forth here have lots of special programs for kids and teens during and after school hours, and many organizations that use public space need in exchange to commit to opening the doors for specific learning programs for kids.

        I just haven't heard anyone claim that teachers are the only educators, because that would be an entirely strange idea against a backdrop in which people assume lots of learning of all kinds takes place in family and community.

        PS I taught all my kids to read, worked with all of them on their writing, and taught them a large proportion of their math. I have also worked with hundreds of kids outside of school on recreational math over the last fifteen years.

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