The Foundation of Learning

Great questions elicit answers in their own image. - Krista Tippett, On Being

At its heart, the foundation of learning is asking questions and finding answers. This can be done in two ways: It can be done by asking simple questions with cheap answers, or it can be done by asking essential questions with transformational answers.

When the responsibility of learning is pushed aside for the ease of education, and nature of personal betterment is traded for the passage of an institution, the ability to learn independently is lost and innovation made impossible. Our students endure an education founded on task completion and will enter a world most benefited by their thought creation. We must dispense with predictable and make the process fearless. Not where I'm told what to do, but where I practice discovery.

In education, we find questions with a single answer whose only challenge is found in moving information from one location to another. In learning, we find the opportunity to independently advance our own collection of knowledge and skills. These skills move past the shifting of information to the formation of learning self-reliance. Not learning to rely on ones self, but finding confidence in transitioning from an individual state of inability to ability.

Your thoughts are welcomed and encouraged,

Dane Barner


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