This is the first time i’ve really missed not having the WordPress video upgrade…
You have to see the video of FUNTWO playing Pachelbel’s canon… more than 84 MILLION views on YouTube! It is incredible. I watched it lasted week maybe 3 times in a row and was so impressed. This kid has inspired thousands of people to play guitar and learn a new skill. Amazing talent.
If you are self-motivated and interested in learning something, you will learn it quickly and thoroughly, and will have a greater chance of sticking with it for longer.
So, this FUNTWO thing was inspired by an education lecture by Gever Tulley, dated 18.05.10.
…’the atrophy of delight…’
‘Apathy is the antithesis of learning & creativity.’
Another good video lecture which talks about, among other things, being self-directed learners. I’ve seen this in action many times. One recent example is of someone I know (no names just in case they don’t appreciate being famous!!), who seemingly out of the blue got a Rubix Cube and just started learning how to solve it. He got to know how it worked, found out via the internet some ways to solve it, wrote out a complete set of instructions, which he refined over a number of weeks, then completed it. He then improved to the point that his record time was 1 minute 25 seconds (probably a lot less by now).
The speed at which he went from nothing to that record time was amazing. The video was also setting out a number of examples of how the standard school system actually slows down learning, and in many cases actually destroys many creative processes, in an attempt to streamline and test kids to get results. part of this is the trend for wider learning and creative subjects to be marginalised when the spectre of testing looms its twisted head!
Gever Tulley also speaks about the author Alfie Kohn. His expertise is on education and learning, and Gever lists some of the detrimental impacts of grading, on students. Grading…
– reduces students interest in learning itself
– reduces students preference for challenging tasks
– reduces the quality of students thinking
One example Gever gives of the process of learning (of which i’ve heard many others) was that of the superintendent of Schools (unsure which State, but in the USA) during the 1930’s (Great Depression). Funds were very tight, so they decided to drop maths teaching for the kids between Kindergarten and 5th Grade (5 to 11 years olds). Students would only start learning maths at age 12. They found that those students who had only started at age 12 (6th Grade), finished that year with better test scores than those students who had been learning maths for the previous 6 years!
The formal teaching started later when the kids were more capable of learning – at which point they learnt more efficiently and faster.