Michael Froemmcke


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How can education become more holistic?

Often enough the subject of education is raised but, invariably, the focus seems to be on "formal" and "institutionalised" or "academic" education rather than taking a more holistic approach.
Most people, even the most fervent defenders of academic education, would probably agree that humans learn most outside institutions.
As much as we are all aware that money is one of those necessary evils a highly structures society has in it arsenal of social stratification tools, is it really necessary or wise to always use examples of people who can make money.
Even the honourable knight Sir Ken seems to be stuck with the idea that income potential is a marker of social success.
Perhaps the solution to get more creativity to work is less formal education and more incentives to leave buildings and screens and discover the world.
I took people to waste dumps and composting facilities ...
Educational discovery tours should include more visits to stinky dumps, wrecking yards, dangerous building sites, abattoirs, waste water treatment plants, filthy factories, morgues, prisons etc...

  • May 23 2013: The more you can remove the student from the classroom and place them in the "real" world the better that he or she will be in the long run. There is nothing like a hands on experience for a student to truly understand what it is you are trying to teach them. More importantly, they learn far beyond what it is you actually intend for them to learn.

    I love putting students in situations where they must interact with the real world. That is a valuable experience and one that shows the student that the world is not just a simple, easy place to deal with. That the world is messy, icky, challenging, and inspiring and that is okay and in fact great.

    However, to do this type of education on a large scale is not only expensive, it is in some ways unsafe. Being unsafe means lawsuits, at least in the USA, and that is a huge expense districts don't want to take on. What you describe is exactly the experience that students should have, but also some of the more dangerous ones. The "danger" perceived or real is exactly why most places don't want to do some of these areas. Not to mention that it is expensive to pay for kids to have "an experience". Sadly, some of these issues do come down to money.