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  1. Chrissy Gillmore says:

    As a student in counselling I’d say that my angst in learning occurs when I only focus on my mind, on the content. Once I feel the knowledge in my body, then what I learn clicks. I think when I started this course I wanted to know everything I could so that I could feel safe knowing that I could handle what came my way. However then I’d find I was caught in my head and working with my clients the same way. My tutors would feed my class and I information as it came up, only convoluting my need to control what might happen and my need to jump ahead and fill my brain with an overabundance of information. Then with supervision and support I learned to trust my own knowledge and experiences. To be fair the whole process is and has been rather confusing sometimes because some of what I’ve learned has been through experience. This is where the classroom is limited and perhaps where schools that are more practical but not as theoretical may have an edge. Rewind two hundred years and consider how we learned way back when? Throw in variables such as cultures and class. University was elitist depending on the culture, and skilled workers perhaps did not hold the kudos? I wonder if because of the history of education we are still trying to package learning in a way that still preserves the elitist smell of academia. Perhaps the skilled labourers had it right all along and the prestige was placed in the wrong place? Why I’m mentioning this is I can see the value in these types of knowledge. My family were farmers for many years in Hungary before my grandfather moved to Canada after WW1. He never had any money. However we learned through experience. We passed on generations of knowledge through our hands. I could never study until I finally learned that I have to learn knowledge by feeling it in my body. I believe this is because of my history. This honors my roots though because I know that those farm hands were right all along and the wisdom of my heritage has helped me learn with my head and heart. In short, awesome post! I get it and would love to see traditional academia overturned so that we can let in some farm air for fresh forms of processing.

    • Chrissy,
      I am deeply appreciative of your comment, especially your sharing of your family’s history. I particularly resonated with the idea of “feeling it in my bones”. That is the hallmark of deep learning.

      The problem w our default university process — and it’s elitism — is that it’s plagued w the inability of what educational psychs call, a lack of transfer. Bryan Kaplan provides a thorough review of this in his book The Case Against Education.

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