Saturday, April 23, 2011

Do you encourage others to migrate from passive to active learning?

If so...what are some of your best practices? If not...why not?

I know there is not a one answer fits all but I know there are people with success stories on helping others adopt some type of active learning and I know there are those people who continue to perpetuate passive acceptance

In 2009, one of the many reading assignments I completed a chapter opened with this quote from Bertrand Russel (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970):

Passive acceptance of the teacher's wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than the pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one later in life. It causes man to seek and accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position.

Quotes from Thinkexist:

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it. Jacob Bronowski

Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children & not for the education of all adults of every age? Erich Fromm

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. Albert Einstein 

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