The vaccination approach to learning

Thanks to Tobias Fors for tweeting the following onto my radar.

Reading up on how learning works, I came across a couple of quotes on the subject. I particularly like the one about the vaccination approach to knowing - it exposes our fantasy that all it takes is to “send people back to school”, and then everything will be fine.

Explaining the metaphor Tobias quotes Kurt Lewin:

The learners become their own subjects and no longer objects to be filled with packages of knowledge in the manner of what Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner call the vaccination approach to knowing - “where education is something you take and, when you have taken it, you’ve had it, and if you’ve had it you are immune and need not take it again.”

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