Posted on May 18, 2010
Jon in France
May 18, 2010
“Facilitated learning experience…” Perhaps you could just print something out from Wikipedia, photocopy it and hand it round. That’s what I’d do. Mind you, I am completely unemployable.
Frank Lee MeiDere
Ah. I long for the days when I was completely unemployable as opposed to semi-unemployable. I hate straddling two stools (in either meaning of that word).
MikeWJ at TooManyMornings
Dialoguing in a facilitated learning experience.”
Is that bureaucratese for talking with your teacher at school?
What is wrong with people?
And that’s one of the translatable phrases.
I thought I had a decent understanding of how far down the rabbit hole the education system had fallen, but I’m finding I was woefully naive. Not only has it plunged all the way through Wonderland, it’s now well into the depths of the Looking Glass world. Reading the literature makes one appreciate the Jabberwocky as a serious treatise clearly articulated by a respected scholar. Out of a morass of jargon more bizarre at times than the names of aliens in a bad science fiction, those few ideas that can actually be discerned are invariably mundane statements of the obvious. The rest of the literature has the dubious distinction of having a semantic content near zero. (Things like “the,” “at,” and other English words which have proved resistant to having their meaning changed by education experts keep the literature from attaining a semantic content of absolute zero. But they’re working on it.)
There is one principle, however, that seems to be almost crystal clear: that nothing is the responsibility of the “facilitator.”
While the entire education system is aimed at creating a learner-centred and facilitated learning experience, often with some “blended” education thrown in, and although everything is planned with full input from the students on what they should be learning and how (because people who don’t know the subject are obviously the best ones to determine what’s important and how it should be taught), the actual learning results are entirely the responsibility of the students.
This is further enforced by insisting that virtually every element of curriculum and lesson planning include the input of numerous other educational experts, thereby spreading responsibility even thinner.
Through this experience I have gained a far broader, and even sadder, understanding not only of why “Johnny Still Can’t Read,” but why Johnny now can’t read any better than Jovindra who has only been in the country for seven months.
I’m going to have to write about this in the future, but for the moment I’ve got enough to do just wending my way past the mock turtles and polo matches.
And I really, really don’t know what’s wrong with people. It’s not like it’s difficult to see the inherent absurdity of the situation, yet there seems to be a system-wide collective agreement not to acknowledge it.
Something in the Kool-Aid they’re all drinking?
P.S. — I’m also out of the game for at least a few more days. Too much to do, not enough time or energy to do it. I’m wasted, and not in a good way.
Sorry to hear it. Fully understand. My goal is to stay wasted in both ways.
May 19, 2010
Ah, thanks for the tip. Why didn’t I think of that? Everything’s better with gin and tonic, even work. Especially work.
Good luck with the “dialoguing” and the “facilitated learning experience”-ing. Just remember, bullshit goes a long way.
It’s certainly clocked enough Air Miles in the education system.
Seems to me when I was in school, the teacher just said “Here are 10 topics, pick one. Now write a 20 page essay on it.” And when we asked “But Teach, how do we write an essay?” the answer was “With a pen”. Hope that helps. Good luck Frank!
I’m afraid that during the interview I may suggest even more uses for a pen.
Oh, the irony! (Well, maybe just in my case). Good luck(?) with that interview – and I’m with Ziva: you may want to put that BA (Bullshit Artist) degree to some use. I’d think about the shaving that 5 o’clock shadow, though, before you go.
We’ll miss you of course, but take your time. Good luck with the interview. And I’m with 00dozo, you need a shave. Plus you’re looking a little pale.
00dozo and Leeuna,
You don’t know the half of it. In real life I’m clean shaven (at the moment — sometimes I wear a beard), but Joe and my wife are both insisting that I get a full shave and manicure at the local barber shop. Joe says he’s had the hot towel barber shave and it’s a worth while experience. It strikes me as anachronistic and old-world enough to be interesting.
Only problem is that I hate having people fuss over me, as one unfortunate waiter in a posh Italian restaurant discovered when he kept trying to put the frickin’ napkin in my lap.
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