Education – cultivating hopeful environments and relationships for learning

It is often said that we are learning all the time and that we may not be conscious of it happening. Learning is both a process and an outcome. As a process, it is part of being and living in the world. We are social animals. As a result, educators need to focus on creating environments and relationships for learning rather than trying to drill knowledge into themselves and others. Teachers are losing the education war because our adolescents are distracted by the social world. Naturally, the students don’t see it that way. They desperately want to learn, but what they want to learn about is their social world. You should pay some attention to the kind of material you are working with, and it may have some influence on what you try to do. 

Education is deliberate. We act with a purpose – to build understanding and judgement and enable action. We may do this for ourselves. This process is sometimes called self-education or teaching yourself. 

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