Sunday, February 15, 2009
WE NEED A LEARNING REVOLUTION!
Brilliance is in-born; may it never emerge still-born!
Have our education systems finally morphed into learning systems? Do they make us future-ready?
In today’s high-tech high-velocity world, the syllabus is no longer enough. Knowledge is fragmenting at speeds that make comprehension elusive. Learning what to learn is not the real challenge; we need to learn how to learn.
Brain force has trumped brute force, and the choice has become: creativity or catastrophe. There are no easy recipes for originality. Creative thinking tools are necessary for classrooms if human intelligence is to mean anything in boardrooms.
Our learning systems should be the embodiment of our cognitive and creative comprehension of ourselves. In order to cultivate imagination, along with intellect, creative thinking should be fostered in our classrooms.
To illuminate our lives, and stave off the demolition of childhood dreams, all children need to learn how the brain likes to work; instead we focus on what the brain must do in order to satisfy what was made relevant in the past! This may seem normal, but it is not natural! Normal is not natural.
Learning what to learn is normal; learning how to learn is natural . . . and unfortunately, not (yet) taught in schools!
The debate about nature versus nurture is irrelevant; we have to nurture nature! And that can only be done when ‘education’ recognizes that the engine of all learning is The Human Brain, and . . . The Human Heart!
For this, we need Learning Miracles for Children of All Ages!
Schools should become The Learning Capitals of The World!
Today, the issue is not how smart we are; it is how are we smart?
We are in the grip of a learning crisis!
Can we afford NOT to do anything about it?
[Excerpted from the BrainBabies edition of The inGenius Series of booklets by Dilip Mukerjea for baby genius ages 1 to 101. All the images in this post are the intellectual property of Dilip Mukerjea.]