The air is crisp, vacations are ending and I'm thinking about the rush of NYC, the beginning of school schedules setting our household pace and the delicious delight of thinking, wondering, questioning... So, a ramble on learning...
Boys learn from men, girls learn from women...An article this week about that makes absolute common sense. There is an approach to life that creates a symbiosis, almost. I've seen it at work in my family. The importance of grandfathers, uncles, and father on my son. The bonding of aunts with my daughters. Mentors -- the same? I wonder.
Too much pressure and work to think -- Time magazine in the September issue has an article on the Myth About Homework and studies showing that too much homework brings diminishing returns. Creating eager minds, an attitude of challenge in thinking and questioning; stress inhibits learning, I would think. Teaching how to think in later years and how to learn would be our challenge for our children. We want to be lifelong learners, don't we? How do you teach the learning that happens in stillness and silence when life is always hectic and multi-tasked learning is the norm now?
Lugging all those books and backpacks??? Breaking backs for learning? Shifting from textbooks to electronic publishing will take years experts say. I'm doing online studies towards my master's degree. It's a whole new challenge and way to work with knowledge and learning.
A little deeper knowledge...Online reading allows incidental learning which is good (for pursuing deeper linking) and bad (for being a time-waster). It is a way to footnote online. The Dallas Morning News has started annotating articles in the paper newspaper. That's new and a big shift. These online links and annotations allow a window into the reporting and writing process.
Books lead the mind and we need them...I've just finished Tony Cohan's book, Mexican Days, and his words and writing are like eating dark chocolate. You want each parcel of description to linger and settle and melt slowly. His writings on Guanajuato, Mexico, were more delicious than my own experience of it at 12, 43 and 45. Good writers take you on thinking explorations. Another summer read was The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things by Larry Dossey, M.D. It has made me think more out-of-the-box in being harmonious with nature and thinking inside-out and outside-in. The more you learn, the more you realize how much you don't know. The world is so mysterious and our living of it is an adventure. Life should always be an exploration. I want our children to learn that life is so much more than a list to tick off, a course to ace.
Learning... a lifelong adventure! It's all tickety-boo chez nous. Cheers!