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Learning 2030: Disengaged and Excluded
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Learning 2030: Disengaged and Excluded

Another live event episode from Canadian TV. This features a panel of adult experts who all take issue with school-as-usual, in a talk show format, with interspersed clips from students who don't like school.

I highly recommend you all take the time to watch this. I read a lot on these forums about how adults don't respect youth. In reality, there are a lot out there who do, and who remember being young, and who are working to change things. I'm one of them. And... over the past few years, it seems like it's become mainstream for all kinds of people to realize that "19th and 20th century" factory model education needs a total remake in a "screen-based," information-saturated world.

The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Learning 2030: Disengaged and Excluded

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The key takeaway here is... many people are disengaged from school, including for good reasons, and many people questioning school-as-usual, and looking to build better ways of learning, that it may first appear. Finding the pieces, and then engaging with them after living with "who would question school?" mindsets, takes a shift in perspective, as DoA wrote about in School and the Allegory of the Cave.

If school isn't a good source of learning, and the internet is saturated with information and perspectives... then it's up to individual learners... and whoever can manage to put the chaos into some kind of comprehensible format... to make the change. Another of the Learning 2030 episodes featured learners who were taking charge of their education. The missing piece is the scenes where people actively trying to figure out what to do use these pieces to figure out what might be possible.

How might these conversations go from this format... to one that actually involves learning conversations with parents, educators, and students about how to learn, and "see" learning, in new ways?

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