I’m currently reading Austin Kleon’s Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative for the third time. It’s a quick read. I suggest it. Highly. Kleon argues that “School is one thing. Education is another” and that our job is to school ourselves.
You may not currently get a choice (if you’re younger than 18) if you attend school, or (if you’re older than 18) what school you attended, or why.
But you do get to choose if you get an education, and more importantly what type of education you get.
I promised myself this year I would no longer entertain people who argue that Wikipedia isn’t a valid source or that we have to protect our students from all the bad things that live on the internet by taking the internet and their devices away from them.
Dear all the people that say this,
You’re wrong. Please stop doing this, saying this and arguing this is a viable solution to anything.
1. Wikipedia is a democratic website; by the people for the people. It celebrates mistakes. It trusts the people. It thinks everything deserves its own space and place to be heard. Democracy is alive and well…online.
2. Bad things exist. Online and Offline. Everyday. Our job isn’t to shelter our youth from those things; our job is to support them in becoming people that are aware of these things and know the difference between good and bad so they can protect themselves. More than that our job is to help them realize they [ALL] have within themselves the ability to make the bad, better; a whole lot better.
Newsflash: A standardized test and taking away their phone isn’t going to make any of that happen. Please stop subtracting positive impact and creating negative impact. It’s really lame and super counterproductive.
So, rather than ignoring, taking away and sugar-coating…lets produce. Lets school ourselves until school catches up to education.
Kleon suggests 4 ways to school yourself:
1. Read Deeply.
2. Stay Open.
3. Continue to Wonder.
4. Google it, Yo.
Specifically he argues to Google everything. He means everything because “you’ll either find the answer or you’ll come up with a better question” and I add or, you’ll create a better solution.
Know thy impact. On the world, others, and yourself.