shutterstock_158985110“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.”Joseph Addison, 1711.

Partners, Parents, Children, Neighbors, Communities, Ecosystems, Globe/Universe = multi-purpose and multi-level multi-dimensional learning interdependence.

For further context please read: Parenting in Wellness (Part 1) International Literacy Day: What are You Reading Today?

I’m doing some reading/researching on African Tribe(s) (among other things) including their secret societies, etc…not finished… hopefully: I will make (aka put forth effort/create) an opportunity to write up an essay, perhaps. A friendly reminder: “Perhaps” is not “precisely” nor an “exactly”..so please, don’t hold me to the essay. (However, as noted in a previous post, Don’t Judge this Blog by its Title! I have many drafts already on various topics requiring finesse aka finishing first.)

Where will I find the time?!? Maybe, it’s all in “how” I package it?

GRANULARITY

One way, personally, I feel maximizes learning is: multi-level learning through multi-level example, demonstration and natural interaction/conversation/association/organization. Let me try to explain what I mean: Please: Check out this point I bolded:

In intelligence research, the Kpelle people perform differently from Westerners on sorting tasks. While Westerners tend to take a taxonomic approach, the Kpelle take a more functional approach. For example, instead of grouping food and tools into separate categories, a Kpelle participant stated, “The knife goes with the orange because it cuts it.” (Glick 1975)

Some of us out there organizing our kitchen drawers (aka life) put all knives together, spoons, forks, etc. together in the same place. Common sense/logic/experience tells you: with important things, the taxonomic approach to organization and learning can be flawed. Some of us see things in a broader vs. granular sense or granular vs. broader sense. Or a mix of both. Thus, our differing organizational skills and/or learning or educational skills manifest as such.

According to material scientist Patrick Richard, “Granular materials are ubiquitous in nature and are the second-most manipulated material in industry (the first one is water), encountered, for instance, in technological applications ranging from pharmaceutical, food, powders, mechanosynthesis and semiconductor industries up to geological granular flows, such as debris or pyroclastic flows and rock avalanches. Granular media, such as powders or sand, are very simple, made of discrete particles of size larger than 100μ m often interacting with each other only through dissipative contact forces. Without an external drive their kinetic energy is rapidly lost and they are thus referred to as non-thermal systems. Despite this deceptive simplicity, granular matter exhibits many complex behaviours, such as size segregation, formation of arches, convection rolls, pattern formation and dynamical instabilities. Thus, although individual grains are solid, it is inappropriate to classify their collective properties as entirely solid-like or liquid-like.”[4]

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The above-excerpt reminds me of this clever illustration on time management (aka packaging ) or organizing (aka packaging) stuff, life, more important things, etc.

Despite your best intentions, does it seem that you just never have enough time to do what you want and need to do? If so, you should examine your priorities. To illustrate: Take a plastic bucket and place several large rocks inside it. Then fill the bucket with sand. You have a bucket full of rocks and sand. Empty the bucket but keep the same sand and rocks. This time, fill the bucket with the sand first, and then try to place the rocks inside the bucket. No room? That is because you put the sand in the bucket first. ~excerpted Young Ones: What will You do with Your Life?

{Pont: IF you fill up your bucket with mostly recreation, etc (sand), You have no time/room for the rocks (the big things/more important things.}

Packaging the Classroom

Do illiterate people need to learn/be around/associate extensively with other illiterate people? An illiterate person needs to learn to read. Put an illiterate person in a classroom with readers/the literate and see what happens?! Logic tells me: chances are better for learning literacy in a classroom of literacy vs. a classroom of illiteracy.

What about someone who may be compassion illiterate?!

Do angry/violent people need to learn/be around/associate extensively with other angry people? An angry/violent person needs to learn to manage anger non-violently. Put an angry/violent person in a classroom with peaceful/non-violent people and see what happens?! Logic tells me: chances are better for learning self-control/non-violence in a classroom of peace vs. a classroom of anger/violence.

Do thieves need to learn/be around/associate extensively with other thieves? Not if a thief wants to learn to share and not take. Again, logic/experience teaches: chances are better for a taker to learn to share in a classroom of sharers vs. a classroom of takers/thieves. If as a global family we all learned to compassionately SHARE… maybe? there would be less stealing.

Do murderers need to learn/be around/associate extensively with other murderers? Murderers need to learn to value/respect life including their own. Murderers, thieves, rapists could be described by one simple word: takers. Takers will not learn love and giving in the classroom of hate and take.

Check this news report out: gov-rick-scott-signs-tougher-sexual-predator-measures-into-law

 The wide-ranging package creates a mandatory 50-year-sentence for people who rape children under 12, developmentally disabled and senior citizens. […] It also makes changes to the Jimmy Ryce Act, which allows the psychiatric review of sexually violent offenders after they finish their prison sentences. Those considered too dangerous are then committed to a high-security treatment center.

[…]The newspaper (South Florida Sun Sentinel) researched offenders who were reviewed for civil commitment but ended up being set free at some stage in the process. They found offenders who committed new crimes, some the day they were released, including 14 killings. The released prisoners also were later caught molesting 460 children and raping 121 women, the newspaper found.

Haters teach hating. Takers teach taking. Sharers teach sharing. Givers teach giving. Lovers teach loving.

What am I teaching? Who are my teachers? Am I safe in my classroom?

Yes, there are consequences to both giving and taking. Pleasant and unpleasant, happy and unhappy consequences. Hey, If one chooses to take what does not belong to them, then chances are higher for incarceration and/or fines, unpleasant things, unhappiness, etc. Hey, If one chooses to give, chances are higher for finding happiness in giving and helping someone out.

Compassion literacy education starts in the womb and should continue through infancy onward

Education is a Journey that Lasts a Lifetime!”

Living means functioning. Living Well means Functioning Well. Functioning Well is NOT hurting Yourself or someone else!

Mexican proverb “Education is breast-fed.”

Dysfunctional is not multi-flexi-functional. We all need on-going education/reeducation/rehabilitation, etc. (Myself very much included.)We all need to learn and unlearn a lot of things as Partners, Parents, Fragile-life. In order to function well and unitedly as a Family or Global Brotherhood of BeautifulBreathingFragileLife… putting all the oranges together and separated from all the apples and/or all the bananas…makes for a boring fruit bowl. I think all of us enjoy the beauty and appeal and taste of multiple fruits and nuts in a fruit bowl. A diet devoid of variety is unhealthy, eh? So is an education!

Doesn’t public education serve the governmental/national purposes of any given country/nation? Don’t all nations/governments want educated, functioning citizens serving/contributing to their country/nation’s best interests/welfare?

Ideally, depending on the student, teachers, school, etc…effort of all parties, one can succeed in learning much other than just nationalistic brainwashing/grooming! Hey, I survived public education, respected and loved my teachers and I’m not trying to knock it. Just observing, some traditional institutions…need MUCH reform!

So, joanie, this all begs the question: How is education going in the States?! Hmmm… check it out:

This AP article: /studys-low-marks-youth-well-being-stir-states-

A new report on child well-being, measured by state and race has turned an unflattering spotlight on some places[… ] The report, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, detailed nationwide racial disparities […] The essence of the Casey Report is a newly devised index based on 12 indicators measuring a child’s success from birth to adulthood. The indicators include reading and math proficiency, high school graduation data, teen birthrates, employment prospects, family income and education levels and neighborhood poverty levels.

Check out these timely thoughts:) excerpted from I Have Too Much to Do:

 In her book Doing School, Denise Clark Pope wrote the following about several students she had met: “Their school days started early, a full hour or two before most adults began their work days, and often ended late at night, after soccer practice, dance rehearsals, student council meetings, paid job responsibilities, and homework time.”

The Price of Privilege, psychologist Madeline Levine wrote of “the fact that money, education, power, prestige, and material goods offer no protection against unhappiness or emotional illness.” Pope, cited earlier, made this observation: “I see so many kids and parents striving for perfection—according to a flawed definition of success.” And she added: “We should be striving to be healthy—mentally and physically and spiritually.”

▪ Great wealth often brings far more problems than it solves. “The plenty belonging to the rich one is not permitting him to sleep.” Ecclesiastes 5:12; 1Timothy 6:9, 10.

▪ With good planning, a person does not need wealth to be happy. “The plans of the diligent one surely make for advantage.” Proverbs 21:5; Luke 14:28.

▪ A moderate income that covers one’s needs leads to contentment. “Give me neither poverty nor riches.” Proverbs 30:8

“The goal (of education) should not be merely to learn how to acquire wealth.” ~excerpted How to Succeed at School

Personally, I’m not sure IF I’m in total agreement of traditional lumping/packaging of students together/categorizing of each age bracket in the same grade/same classroom. I think it limits learning. Students learn from each other and not just from the teacher. A mixed classroom of age and skill-level (within reason and ability) optimizes learning potential. For example, some beginners, some moderates, some experts…helping/working/learning/sharing/discussing together on a given topic of study. This is 1 way to accelerate and diversify learning… even the so-called experts will learn something new from the so-called beginners.(Also, some of us do rather well with more one-on-one time with a mentor or tutor with personalized attention.)

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Learning bowls and/or classrooms (in my belief) can optimize healthy multi-vitamin-enzyme learning potential by mixing up the fruit a bit. (Yeah, make sure the fruit is safe.) Yeah, some nuts (topics) are hard to crack (aka learn)…but do we put all hard nuts together?

  “Everyone who has a thorough knowledge of the Bible may truly be called educated,” wrote the early 20th-century scholar William Lyon Phelps. “No other learning or culture, no matter how extensive or elegant, can . . . form a proper substitute.”

The Bible is a collection of books written over a period of some 1,600 years. Of this important library of books, Phelps added: “Our ideas, our wisdom, our philosophy, our literature, our art, our ideals, come more from the Bible than from all other books put together. . . . I believe a knowledge of the Bible without a college course is more valuable than a college course without the Bible.”

“Teach a child how he should live, and he will remember it all his life.” Proverbs 22:6 Today’s English Version

Dr. Mel Levine, in his book A Mind at a time, states: “To treat all children the same way is to treat them unequally. Different kids have different learning needs; they have a right to have their needs met.”
“The best way to remember something is to change it, to transform the information in some manner, says Levine. “If it’s visual, make it verbal, if it’s verbal create a diagram or picture of it.”

“What the brain can do depends on whether or not it is used,” says Inside the Brain. “It is the ultimate use-it-or-lose-it machine, and it is eager to learn new skills.”

As a Life-Long-Lover-of-Learning, oh! so are YOU: WOO-HOO!!:)…loved these practical points I read & know YOU will too:)

Motivated Minds—Raising Children to Love Learning makes the following observation: “Researchers have shown decisively that when children study because they enjoy it, their learning is deeper, richer, and longer lasting. They are also more persistent, more creative, and more eager to do challenging work.”

“When there is a direct connection between classroom learning and your practical experience, there is an electrical spark that turns on the light bulb of understanding.” ~Richard L. Weaver II, educator and author

“Concentration is at the very heart of learning,” explains the book Teaching Your Child Concentration.
“[It] is so important that it has been called a fundamental prerequisite of intelligence and has even been equated with intelligence  itself.”

“The most competent students are the ones who are the most proficient paraphrasers,” says Dr. Mel Levine in his book A Mind at a Time.

As Partners, Caregivers, Friends, Family: Wellness, Happiness and Success means life-long compassion learning!:)

Striving to be healthy” Takeaway: Transform broad to granular or granular to broad or a varied mix of both…whatever the need or case may be to optimize multi-level learning benefits/successes.

An on-going Compassion education means sculpting wellness…broad/granular packaging (Rocky & Sandy organization) on many levels! 🙂

 

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