A short, somewhat satirical, and very simplistic view of modern educational history:
Self-Directed learning is not new. It is, in fact, the way human beings are naturally programmed (wired) to acquire knowledge and, actually, did for thousands of years, until, the advent of industry, along with capitalism. The robber barons required an obedient, slightly literate, and a vaguely ignorant workforce to populate the factories, which became the impetus for what we now know as institutionalized education. This system has not fundamentally changed, in the nearly two hundred years, since it began.
A change is in the wind:
Many professional educators, developmental and research psychologists, and anthropologists, among others, have come to understand that the existing standard is no longer valid. Our society requires a population who ask the big questions, who are curious, self-motivated, and, above all, creative.
Students who drive their own educational choices are intrinsically motivated to seek out challenges, solve problems, and invent solutions.
Self-Directed Learning Centers and resources are becoming more accessible as this "new" concept becomes recognized as the way of the future.
Your Daily Connection:
This daily communication will serve as your connection to the larger Self-Directed Learning movement.
A resource from articles and blogs, as well as information from other individuals and organizations, who are dedicated to promoting and advancing Self-Directed Learning, will be linked to each of these daily missives.
Please contact Maria for more information about Deep Root Center membership.
Peter Gray, the preeminent research psychologist and author of Free to Learn, has started, with other collaborators, the Alliance for Self-Directed Learning. I met Peter, three years ago, at an AERO conference on Long Island when he and the others were in the beginning stages of developing this resource.
This video from the website is an excellent primer to Self-Directed Learning.
If you are so inclined, you can become part of the Alliance for Self-Directed Learning.
I also have a copy of Free to Learn(the unsigned one) available at Deep Root Center for anyone who is interested in borrowing it.