Radical Education Theory: The Ignorant Facilitator – Mar 7
- Presentation and discussion of four key ideas.
- Large group experimentation with those ideas in practice.
- Small group experimentation with the practice.
- Large group review and conversation.
Why radical education? The term is intended to distinguish an approach to learning that differs fundamentally from traditional education, or from what most of us unsuspectingly assume to be education, pure and simple. In other words, radical education uproots the values intrinsic to what is typically named “education,” such as the the presence of a master-like figure, hierarchies of intelligence, and the very necessity of discrete disciplines.
The goal of radical education, it should be emphasized, is not the creation of the contented, resilient individual that is envisioned by corporate-consumerist capitalism. Rather, the goal is the development of courageous communities of people devoted to the democratic principles of equality, justice, inclusion, environmental care, compassion for all sentient beings. As this suggests, learning within a radical educational context is as deeply rooted in our social and political realities as in our personal and private ones.
How might a new practice of education help to cultivate such communities of people?
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