Robert Cole

Portland, OR, United States

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Robert Cole
Posted over 3 years ago
Evolution, but not revolution.
When I see many of my friends home schooling their children, they are simply changing the child-teacher ratio. The method and content (as you distinguish) is no different. While the children spends less time in instruction, and I believe become more mature and self confident because they are with family more, the educational process is the same as public schools. As I have worked in community development, we see that adult education is driven by relevancy. Otherwise, it's a waste of time and money. However, is it possible to grow up and get a job learning only things that are relevant? What would that look like? I recently looked at "un-schooling". The emphasis of the parents was discovery, relevance, and the joy of learning. They did not do "schooling" of any kind. Their kids just grew up not going to school. Albeit, the mother was very intentional to take advantage of daily life to help her children discover information and knowledge. maybe that's why we have schools because we don't know how to teach our children. I am learning (and seeing) through our two daughters (5 and 6) that they are able to learn a lot just by their own joy of discovery and my guidance. Part of me wishes our girls weren't in school, but that would take such a shift in our lives that we aren't ready to make.
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Robert Cole
Posted over 3 years ago
Education Innovation & the Change Process
Can you direct me to more information that explains #2 and how you used it in Alberta? Ever since watching Salman's talk, I am seeing ways to apply it or aspects of it in different contexts. I'm fascinated to learn more. Also, how would you compare your #2 with what Salman is doing? Where are they similar and different? Lastly, when you say that you "found that Time was the major variable that distinguished between different students and their ability to achieve Mastery.", do you mean that everyone achieved mastery just at different rates? That is what Salmon has discovered in his work.