Education, Curiosity, and Happiness
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What roles can curiosity and happiness play in learning?
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The “One” Book… (1)

The “One” Book… (1) | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
This is the first of a series of posts that will explore the books that have shaped who we are, what we do and how we do it…
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The article presents and reviews three books for teachers.

The New Authority by Omer Haim examines a democratic way of teaching. Having just read bell hooks's Teaching to Transgress I find this a worthy and challenging way of teaching. The challenge is schools remain hierarchical institutions where teachers are treated in shabby ways.

Thinking in Education by Matthew Lipman is about critical thinking. Lipman draws on John Dewey, whereas bell hooks, drawing on Paulo Freire, argues for critical thinking in her critical pedagogy. I think of Dewey as a crticial theorist before his time.

Freedom to Learn by Carl Rogers underscores the essential nature of meaningfulness in teaching and learning. Again, this connects to John Dewey. What makes something meaningful is how we experience it in life.
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On Learning and Common Sense - Will Richardson

On Learning and Common Sense - Will Richardson | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Rogers' list of 10 learning principles are mostly common sense. The question why is it so difficult for schools to live them?
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Will Richardson summarizes some of Carl Rogers' writing on schooling and learning.

There are some overlapping features with John Dewey i.e. curiosity, problem solving and practical nature.

For me, common sense is about a shared sense and is social. It does not mean we understand things exactly alike. We cannot. The social feature is essential. As well, self-organization is about complexity and chaos theories. The self (identity) is continuously emerging.

An essential point is that students are responsible for their learning. It is not the teacher who learns for them. Nor does the teacher facilitate. Learning, like teaching, is hard.
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