“School vs Learning by George Couros” image illustrated by Sylvia Duckworth.
Reading the descriptions for school, I related to many, it educational experience up through my Sophomore year of college. I knew how to play the ‘game of school’: show up, memorize, regurgitate, follow the rules, sit still, and be quiet.
So what changed my experience of School to Learning? A college professor who was passionate about learning, service, and authentic experiences. She expected us to have conversations, not unit tests, and we worked on a service learning project for the community based on our class content.
That moment in my educational career was like someone turning on a light bulb in a dark room. I could see things I never could before. Once I had experienced that, I was more inspired and self-driven. After that, even in traditional School classes, I was pushing myself to learn more on my own, to make it more applicable.
I also wonder what sets apart school from learning…. Is it the educators or administrators? Their mindsets? The students? The relationships?
Through whose lense are we looking?