One Buttock Learning

In the widespread discussion of educational reform perhaps something we want to create is “One Buttock Learning” if you don’t know what I’m talking about you should explore Benjamin Zander’s Ted Talk.

Ivan Illich in his work Deschooling Society brings to light some of the issues with the current educational system

“Everywhere this same curriculum instills in the pupil the myth that increased production will provide a better life”

In an attempt to protect this myth perhaps the teachers inadvertently dangle the secret bag in front of their pupils.

“Schools are designed on the assumption that there is a secret to everything in life; that the quality of life depends on knowing that secret; that secrets can be known only in orderly successions; and that only teachers can properly reveal these secrets.”

What is great is that Ivan Illich goes further to suggest that there may be a way to unravel the bag earlier such that it is no longer required as a motivator in the schooling system.

“A good educational system should have three purposes: it should provide all who want to learn with access to available resources at any time in their lives; empower all who want to share what they know to find those who want to learn it from them; and, finally, furnish all who want to present an issue to the public with the opportunity to make their challenge known.”

A system like this would need to be integrated into all aspects of a life.


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