Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Lee Valley Newsletter
The Wisdom of the Hands program at Clear Spring School is featured in this month's Lee Valley Woodworking Newsletter. It is a clear description of our woodworking program.
The photos above and below show the kids' work on making toy planes. This was such a great day in the wood shop, and the kids were enthusiastic in expressing their thanks for the opportunity to have so much fun at school. I would hope that every teacher in the world might receive such unsolicited feedback from their students.
Yesterday, I mentioned that just as tool making is unique to the human experience, so too, is teaching. No other species demonstrates a conscious pedagogical relationship between generations. You can see in the photo above, the human relationship between adult and child, as teacher assists student in nailing parts of her plane.
The idea of advanced technology in schools is to eliminate or diminish the importance of close personal relationship between adult and child, thus restructuring what it means to be a part of the human species. If computers can teach as well or better than real teachers, and replace them by the droves, tremendous amounts of money can be saved, right? Have you been thorugh a self-checkout at Walmart or Home Depot? Works good, right? You scan your stuff, stick your money in a slot, and there is an assistant standing by and watching to make sure you don't cheat. Will that concept be the future of American schooling and the human species? I can tell you that there is a clear joy that arises in a classroom when the adults teach and the children are empowered to create.