Network of Learning

  • Work with nonprofits and small businesses to develop learning opportunities and learning environments throughout community
  • Find companies to host classes at their locations; sponsor classes and/or student expenses in return for media recognition
  • Lots of field trips and meet-ups to any number of local businesses, government offices, farms, factories, museums, historic sites, natural environments

“Instead of the lock-step of compulsory schooling in a fixed place, work in piecemeal ways to decentralize the process of learning and enrich it through contact with many places and people all over the city: workshops, teachers at home or walking through the city, professionals willing to take on the young as helpers, older children teaching younger children, museums, youth groups traveling, scholarly seminars, industrial workshops, old people and so on. Conceive of all these situations as forming the backbone of the learning process; survey all these situations, describe them, and publish them as the city’s ‘curriculum’; then let students, children, their families and neighborhoods weave together for themselves the situations that comprise their ‘school’.”

 

A Pattern Language, #18 Network of Learning
[My emphasis] Explore The City’s Curriculum more. Interesting idea. What does Richmond need to learn?

18 NETWORK OF LEARNING

In a society which emphasizes teaching, children and students – and adults – become passive and unable to think or act for themselves. Creative, active individuals can only grow up in a society which emphasizes learning instead of teaching.

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