Friday, September 25, 2015
There are a lot of people working in a similar direction. We have maker spaces happening is some schools and libraries. We have PBL (project based learning) happening is some schools. In the meantime, there seems to be a missing link in that few fully grasp the hands' potential in educational transformation even though we all know that we ourselves have learned best and at deepest levels when our hands have been engaged in doing real things.
When we have accepted the role of the hands in educational effectiveness, we begin to understand why wood shop is important, why maker spaces are a must, and why children would be best served by learning chemistry, science, math, music and even history and literature hands-on.
Learning is the most natural of human functions and yet through schooling, we make students resistant to it. They sit bored in classrooms: the countdown? over 16,000 hours before graduation. But if kids are allowed to get out from behind desks and to do real things, schools would be re-energized, students would retain learning longer and we would alleviate the depression that often accompanies being stuck in something over which we have no control. Even teachers would have fun in school if the hands were set free under an imperative that schools engage in the exercise of craftsmanship.
Today in the Clear Spring School wood shop I'll meet with the student building club. The school needs a new composting bin to build soil for the school garden and that would be a good beginning project, as it involves cutting wood, and assembling it into a useful structure.
Make, fix, create, and make certain that others learn likewise.