Each and every individual has their own opinions on what their philosophy of learning entails depending on their own versatile experiences. My philosophy of learning is curated through the fundamental connection between what one can see and what they can’t see throughout the learning process. Throughout the various “texts” we have explored, my philosophy of learning was presented in Ashley McCall’s “What If We Radically Reimagined the New School Year?” as well as the “Changing Education Paradigms” TED Talk by Sir Ken Robinson. The failures of our school system present calls to action in the school system as a whole.
McCall’s article touches upon the fact that our schools are so fixated upon the numbers. We often turn a blind eye to the things we can’t see, and fixate upon the simple, such as the “narrowed and rigid quantitative measures of intelligence that have colonized the education space for ages” (McCall). We need to move away from the things that have pressured students to memorize and regurgitate everything they learn. In theory, my philosophy of learning is redirecting our attention to the mind. What if our schools focused on the social-emotional well-being of students, rather than their production rate? Why not focus on the developing educational system that is inevitable in a growing world? In accordance with this philosophy, Sir Ken Robinson addresses the physical and emotional aspects of the student experience, and their connection. Robinson states that we are trying so hard to “meet the future by doing what they did in the past” (Robinson). Old habits of standardization will never lead to growth of the mind and body, which is an idea that truly embodies McCall’s entire message. My philosophy of connecting what we can see to what we can’t is exemplified through Robinson’s comparison of aesthetic versus anesthetic. When our senses are immersed in nearly everything school offers, students will connect with the material far more. The anesthetic way of teaching depletes a student’s mental health, as it redirects their attention to a sole sense of boredom in the classroom.
The uniqueness of Robinson and McCall’s “texts” have resonated with me in order to create my ideal philosophy of learning. I have always been a very avid listener and thinker throughout highschool thus far, and it is evident that I work best in a hands-on visual environment. As Robinson says, an aesthetic environment best promotes all learning and absorption, while continuously promoting growth. While the physicality of school has been a focus until the pandemic, I have recently pondered how my mental health has been impacted by the lack of this kind of learning ever since March 13. Staring at a screen for hours on end has depleted my energy to near nothing when school is done. Although I lack motivation, I persist in order to achieve the most desirable grade. Although these challenges have struck me as inescapable, I’ve realized that I’m the only one that can motivate myself to finally fulfill my philosophy of learning.