Saturday, April 09, 2016

Grace Llewellyn: Guerrilla Learning

Grace Llewellyn
I would love to see us as a society not thinking so much in terms of “education,” but rather thinking more broadly in terms of “life.”

We tend to see things in boxes and categories, which doesn’t always serve us. When people say “education,” sometimes I like to say, “If you substitute the term ‘life’ for ‘education’—every time you say ‘education’ or ‘learning,’ try saying ‘life’ instead—that might invite you to look at things in a different way.” (I probably stole that idea too, most likely from John Holt I suppose, it all starts to bleed together in my mind at this point: what’s his, what’s mine, what’s some other guy’s).

In broader realms, too, I would love to see us think less in categories: over here we have health; over there we have learning; and over here we have work. What about a life or a neighbourhood that mixes all three together so the edges are rubbed out? I would love to see a less institutional society and a more integrated society.

I have also edited a book about the African-American dimension of homeschooling. Freedom Challenge (1993) hasn’t sold many copies, which I’m sad about. I wish that more homeschoolers in general—not just African-Americans—would read it, because it’s important for us all to be aware of ways that we can be more welcoming, and understand more of what is true for sub-groups of the homeschooling community. I’d love to see more African-Americans reading it too.

In the African-American community, traditionally, there is a high value placed on education and, perhaps by default and through not being aware of other choices, that translates largely to a high value placed on schooling. So, I’d just love to see more African-Americans considering the possibilities, and then including the option of homeschooling in their dialogue about education, even if most ultimately chose to stay within the system. For whatever reason, people are way less interested in that book than in my other work. Nonetheless, I think it’s important, and I very much enjoyed working with the writers; it was a fun project for me.

Excerpt from  Chapter 16  Guerrilla Learning with  Grace Llewellyn in Natural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education.

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TracyHanson said...

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The “Matrix of a Learner” resets the failing traditional view of education and learning by answering these questions. Who is a learner? How can each learner (regardless of their age) be engaged in learning about areas of interest in which they hold a sincere curiosity? Who is defined as an “educator” ? How can we create lifelong learners whose passion, creativity and thirst for knowledge will drive humanity toward a peaceable and interdependent global culture? Is achievement testing useful in an age when the application of knowledge is so important? How does pre-sorting learners by age and teaching to predetermined expectations prepare them for a successful future? How can costs be lowered with increased results in achievement?
We are born naturally curious. We test, try, observe and question things within our environment in order to gain experiences which we’ll use for future learning. This happens regardless of age, color, religion, background, or nationality. This new model of education demands that instead of using a pre-packaged topically-based curriculum, the curriculum is born out of the interests of each and every individual or child. It asks educators, parents, teachers, colleagues, and peers to reach down into their hearts, their beliefs and values, to bring forth their deeply held convictions about how we learn, so that each one of us may act as a beacon of light for the future of education and steer the learner to his/her rightful place at the center of his/her own learning.
Understanding and applying the “Matrix of a Learner” will guide individuals towards the learning pathway best suited to who they are and what they wish to obtain in life. Empowered learners strengthen the community. These communities together are what make a nation strong. You can learn more about the "Matrix of a Learner" as www.ngge.org


























Understanding and applying the “Matrix of a Learner” will guide individuals towards the
learning pathway best suited to who they are and what they wish to obtain in life. Empowered
learners strengthen the community. These communities together are what make a nation
strong.




















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