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I am a learner

I have always found the "learner" designation for schoolkids a bit of a misnomer. "Learner" implies something concrete to be learned, as in "learner driver". At school you are learning all sorts of different things, the teachers are also learning in fact we're all learning all the time, whether we like it or not (even old dogs are learning, just not necessarily tricks). When you stop learning your life is over.

It seems to me as though this nomenclature were introduced to entrench the "teacher-learner" dichotomy. That is so stale. Wake up you hierarchical monolithic dusty old Department! This is not the education of/for the future! We need agile minds, creative thinkers (who may also kick balls brilliantly), not order-following ball-kickers (who can't think of anything but the glory of winning).

This all echoes Jeff's sentiments in the OLPC-ZA Archives.

Posted: August 26th 2007 02:59

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