Wednesday, March 25, 2009

three things...

These are all proven by research and centuries of observation and the three together form a compelling rationale for revolution in education. (If you are new to the blog, read deeper for confirmation.)

First, the use of the hands in learning provides greater intelligence and retention of learning.

Second, the use of the hands creates emotional resiliency by alleviating symptoms of depression, allowing greater energy for engagement in learning.

Third, hands-on learning creates a sense of the dignity of all labor and brings the student into a moral framework in which effort and skill are recognized as important building blocks of culture and civilization. Hands-on learning invites each student to take a creative and responsible role in human culture.

So, we are left holding the bag. But reach in. What you will find in your exploration of the empty bag are your own hands, and with hands you have power to bring change.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:31 AM

    Reminds me of the bag used (and this is probably in the "old days") when transferring film from the roll to a canister for developing. Big black light-tight cloth bag with opening for the hands. Zip it up and do it all by feel. Ah, nostalgia.