What comes to your mind when you think of formal education? A teacher in front of the class controlling the learning process, by disseminating information and rating student’s ability to repeat the same information. If this were a political process, we might call it a dictatorship. Formal schooling has traditionally been a dictatorial environment for learning. Yet we live in a democracy. Land of the free. Home of the brave. Dictatorial learning creates a double standard within the unconscious of learners. When we dictate learning we teach through our actions-it is “ok to say one thing and do something different”.
Life is about learning and living together. To thrive in a democratic world, we need to begin teaching learners how to participate in a democratic process that promotes creative collegiality. We can begin by forming learning tribes (groups) where students work together and develop lifelong collaborative learning. Democratic learning focuses on how to:
- set goals and solve problems
- help each other work on tasks
- monitor and assess progress
- celebrate achievements.
Check-out the Tribes process.