Who wants to "learn"? LO6594

Virginia I. Shafer (vshafer@AZStarNet.com)
Wed, 10 Apr 1996 23:36:31 -0700 (MST)

Replying to LO6363, Kent Glenzer writes:--

>The entire thread [Who Wants to Learn?], which I've
>been following for awhile now, is leaving me with vague misgivings. To
>wit: if a lack of connection with the joys and values of learning is such
>a big problem, why are we all on this list? why is it that the folks i
>meet in my organization and peer organizations are nearly 100% actively
>engaged in learning, and know they are? are we really quashing a love of
>and motivation for learning early on in schools, as seems to be the
>assumption, or is something else going on? I think we might be finding a
>devil to point a finger at here (the school system), i.e., blaming, rather
>than uncovering new ground.

Point well taken. However, I think somewhere between first and second
grade, for me at least, school began to be less and less about learning
and more and more about fitting into a mold. The comment I was responding
to was:

>It has long been noted that we tend to kill the creative side of a child
>by the time s/he reaches fifth grade or so. That includes setting the
>stage for a loathing of school and anything that resembles or reminds us
>of that experience.
>Working to fix this in the adult world of work is difficult. Has anyone
>given thought to how we can fix the next generation before they get

I believe Clyde Howell's original comment was referring to the
"unlearning" many of us feel we've had to go through to learn how to learn
in new ways--ways not reminiscent of school days. The learning on this
list, the learning that occurs in LOs, is not of the school house
variety--talking chalk board at the front of the room, keep your hands to
yourself, stay in your seat. Rather, I find this adult learning to be
dynamic and emergent, two terms I feel comfortable using thanks to members
of this list. Why should there be a gap--from age 6 to 26, let's say--a
time when we suspend learning until it's valued again? I believe Clyde's
point was, what's being done to close the gap, to let learning begin at
birth (or before) and continue on for life?

Learning and Loving It!

Ginger Shafer
The Leadership Dimension
"Bringing Leadership to Life"

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