Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Why Learn with Living Books ?
For me, it's because learning this way privileges the relationship between author and reader, unmediated by others. The student-reader can form her own responses and thoughts on the subject being explored. Of course the author of a living book comes to her work with her own biases ( and as more experienced readers, it's up to us to point these out to our children ) but at least the learning conversation is a direct, authentic and individual one. A textbook approach, especially in the humanities, which seeks to disseminate 'required' information, can rarely achieve the same depth of relationship, though it may act adequately as a spine or guide to areas of knowledge.
I suppose it comes down to how you view education - as a relationship with knowledge or a conquering of it.