《Teach Your Own》的笔记-CHAPTER 5 LEARNING IN THE WORLD
- 章节名：CHAPTER 5 LEARNING IN THE WORLD
- 2011-12-19 06:48:07
Even in supposedly “free” or “alternative” schools, too many people still do what conventional schools have always done. They take children out of and away from the great richness and variety of the world, and in its place given them school subjects, the curriculum. They may jazz it up with chicken bones, Cuisenaire rods, and all sorts of other goodies. But the fact remains that instead of letting children have contact with other more and more people, places, tools, and experiences, the schools are busily cutting the world up into little bits and giving it to the children according to some expert’s theory about what they need or can stand. What children need is not new and better curricula but ACCESS to more and more of the real world; plenty of time and space to think over their experiences, and to use fantasy and play to make meaning out of them; and advice, road maps, guidebooks, to make it easier for them to get where they want to go (not where we think they ought to go), and to find out what they want to find out. Finding ways to do all this is not easy. The modern world is dangerous, confusing, not meant for children, not generally kind or welcoming to them. We have much to learn about how to make the world more accessible to them, and how to give them more freedom and competence in exploring it. But this is a very different thing from designing nice little curricula. Here is how a family in Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill about two miles from the museums of the Smithsonian Institution. Susan and her mother walk there almost every day, observing, playing, meeting people, going to movies, listening to music, and riding the merry-go-round. They see a fantastic variety of nature movies… they know art and history museums exhibit by exhibit. Susan can drag you through the history of universe, through natural history, on up to the latest Mars landing. They eat lunch near the water fountain, see the latest sculpture, take pictures of their favorite spots, marvel at the beautiful spring and fall days. They attend mime shows, tape record jazz concerts, ride the double-decker bus to their favorite “explore gallery” where things can be played and jumped in. Tuition is very cheap, we all learn a great deal. Susan lives in a world of marvelous ABUNDANCE; her resources are unlimited. She has not been “socialized” by school to think that education is a supply of scarce knowledge to be competed for by hungry, controlled children. She doesn’t play dumb “Schlemiel”… Our home and neighborhood are like a garden full of fresh fruit to be picked at arm’s length by all who want to. She likes to paint, draw, color, cut out and paste. She compares her work to that in the museum. We give our comments and ideas when requested. We have hobbies in astronomy and camping. Her father is a pediatrician who enjoys working with her in constructing electronic gear. She has excellent soldering techniques and has soldered many connections in our home brew electric computer now used in his office.
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