[ExI] I don't understand students: help !

Kevin H kevin.l.holmes at gmail.com
Sat Jan 3 21:16:36 UTC 2009

In my opinion, the school and classroom isn't the great platform for
socializing children as it's been cracked up to be.  Children regularly
divide up into clicks, establish pecking orders and hierarchies, and this is
a *result* of having individuals forced into the same area.  We see exactly
the same thing occur in prisons.
Socializing needs to occur on a *voluntary* basis.  But, in the meantime,
these secondary goals tend to get in the way of the primary aim of
education: attaining knowledge.

On Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 7:17 PM, Anna Taylor <femmechakra at yahoo.ca> wrote:

> Bryan Bishop wrote Sat Dec 20 02:29:24 UTC 2008:
> >>There have been many proposals on this list and in the past from other
> >>sources for all sorts of community learning centers, libraries to get
> >>more involved in new forms of archiving information to be displayed to
> >>youngsters, fablabs as a truly humanitarian education (*do* stuff,
> >>act, that sort of thing), etc. I also think this falls in line with
> >>some of the proposals regarding switching over to teachers competing
> >>for specific students, which our Hungarian list subscribers might be
> >>able to comment more on (m1n3r?).
> I wrote On Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 7:46 PM, Anna Taylor <femmechakra at
> yahoo.ca>
> >Really? What happens to the social aspect of it? Students today as I see
> >them are not very sociable and you want to make computers more unclosed >in
> a 4 wall room? Doesn't that make it more secluded? How are are people
> >supposed to learn if not surrounded by different people?
> Don't get me wrong, I'm a strong supporter of self-education with the use
> of technology and I don't see anything wrong with scholars searching for
> specific students threw the use of technology. I wonder about the idea of
> technology alienating children.  How a computer can become more familiar
> than another human being?  Is this what I would teach my child if I wanted
> to bear children?  Imho...It's one thing to look at it from the point of
> single/married as opposed to looking at the point of view of family, I'm
> just curious to get some point of views.
> Thanks,
> Anna
> PS As I recently just started again to teach young children in public
> schools how to dance and have to admit the experience wasn't on my top ten
> list, I am simply asking for advice.
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