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“Children think not of what is past, nor what is to come, but enjoy the present time..."
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august 2016 by gjward
Learning / Sex — Carol Black
"Many of us have difficulty explaining the concept of unschooling, life learning, or self-directed learning to those who are unfamiliar with it. In an attempt to help unschoolers communicate their way of looking at things to the wider community, we have come up with the following helpful worksheet in two parts.


To understand how unschoolers view education, simply take these common and widely held beliefs about sex, and replace the word "sex" with the word "learning."

1. The desire for _______ is a powerful human drive which expresses itself naturally at the developmentally appropriate time. It's important that young people are able to begin _______ when they feel ready and not when someone else pressures them to begin.

2. If people feel scrutinized, measured, or assessed during _______ it can take the fun out of it pretty fast.

3. It's not good manners to compare one person's performance in _______ to another person's. Any kind of scoring system that uses letters or numbers to rate a person at _______ would be wildly inappropriate.

4. While some people don't mind being watched, reprimanded, or threatened with punishment during _______, most people’s enjoyment of _______ tends to wane under those conditions.

5. When it comes to _______, people are all different. Anyone who tries to tell you that one kind of _______ is "normal" and another kind of _______ is a "disorder" should be viewed with skepticism.

6. Having a preconceived set of objectives can tend to take the pleasure out of _______. Sometimes it’s better to just dive into _______ and see where it goes.

7. Research shows that _______ performed for rewards such as money, food treats, praise, or trips to Disneyland is not the same as _______ engaged in for its own sake.

8. The right to personal choice in matters of _______ is fundamental to human dignity and happiness.

9. Sometimes _______ that takes a long time is even better than _______ that happens really fast.



To understand how unschoolers view current education policy, simply take the following common statements about education and replace the word "learning" with the word "sex."

1. All students must be prepared to begin _______ by the same age, which will be determined on a statewide basis by a qualified panel of experts.

2. Students should not be allowed to fall behind their peers in ________ . Those who do must be identified as early as possible so that they can receive immediate professional intervention, including medication if necessary.

3. Students must master the skills for _______ in sequence, with the basic building blocks for _______ mastered and tested before higher-order _______ can begin.

4. The normal way to begin _______ is in a classroom using textbooks and worksheets rather than through experimentation and hands-on experience.

5. _______ is better in groups of 20 or 30 than one on one.

6. _______ should be scheduled in 45 minute sessions that begin and end promptly with the ringing of a loud bell.

7. It is not permitted to use the bathroom during _______ . Texting and snacking are also strictly forbidden.

8. Students should be given a clear rubric for _______ that tells them how many points will be earned for each _______ activity, as well as the criteria for scoring. Also make it clear how many points will be taken off for sloppiness or lateness.

9. Students’ progress at _______ should be constantly evaluated on a percentile basis, with their rank among their peers posted on a bulletin board in the hallway.

10. Parents can reward excellence in _______ by proudly putting a bumper sticker on their car announcing that their child is better than other people's children at _______.

11. The U.S Department of Education, through the use of federally mandated standards, intends to ensure that in the 21st century all American students achieve minimum performance levels at _______, so that we will be able to compete with the Chinese.


Now you know how to think like an unschooler!"
carolblack  unschooling  deschooling  education  learning  howwelearn  nealmarlens  humor  sex  measurement  standardization  development  motivation  enjoyment  joy  dignity  policy  competition  ranking  rankings  howweteach  teaching 
may 2016 by robertogreco
The Hidden Cost of Personal Quantification | Journal of Consumer Research
"From sleep and energy use to exercise and health, consumers have access to more information about their behavior than ever before. The appeal of personal quantification seems clear. By better understanding their behavior, consumers can make the necessary changes to live happier, healthier lives. But might the new tools consumers are using—quantifying life— rob them of some of the benefits of engaging in those activities? Six experiments demonstrate that while measurement increases how much of an activity people do (e.g., walk or read more), it can simultaneously reduce how much people enjoy those activities. This occurs because measurement can undermine intrinsic motivation. By drawing attention to output, measurement can make enjoyable activities feel more like work, which reduces their enjoyment. As a result, measurement can decrease continued engagement in the activity and subjective well-being."
2016  quantifiedself  measurement  gamification  psychology  well-being  behavior  health  exercise  sleep  reading  quantification  enjoyment  pleasure  via:ayjay 
february 2016 by robertogreco
The Norwegian Secret To Enjoying A Long Winter
At first, she was asking "Why arenΓÇÖt people here more depressed?" and if there were lessons that could be taken elsewhere. But once she was there, "I sort of realized that that was the wrong question to be asking," she says. When she asked people "Why donΓÇÖt you have seasonal depression?" the answer was "Why would we?" It turns out that in northern Norway, "people view winter as something to be enjoyed, not something to be endured," says Leibowitz, and that makes all the difference.
Norway  Scandanavia  depression  winter  mindset  enjoyment  pleasure  Delicious 
november 2015 by StJohnBosco
Long term attention span.
Ask MeFi: Long term attention span. from Metafilter Favorites
attention  enjoyment  hobbies  life  Ask_Metafilter_Posts  from instapaper
may 2014 by motdiem
toward an architecture of enjoyment - / in print
“ARCHITECTURE OR REVOLUTION,” warned Le Corbusier in 1923... For these thinkers, writing in Italy and France around 1968, architecture was not an instrument of progress but a means by which to perpetuate capitalism’s depredations.... Tafuri’s 1973 Architecture and Utopia... consigned to a condition of 'sublime uselessness'... contributed to the foreclosure of Marxist architectural history and theory... Lefebvre’s text argues for the possibility of a “concrete utopia” that is as far removed from productivist fantasy of modernism as from Tafuri’s landscape of sublime uselessness. Concrete utopia, says Lefebvre, “takes as a strategic hypothesis the negation of the everyday, of work, of the exchange economy. It also denies the State and the primacy of the political. It begins with enjoyment and seeks to conceive of a new space, which can only be based on an architectural project.”...

Architecture of Enjoyment - "commissioned in 1972 by Spanish sociologist Mario Gaviria... as part of a wide-ranging study of mass tourism and urbanization in the Costa Blanca's booming resort towns... seen as part of Lefebvre's theorization of space as produced by manifold, heterogeneous, and antagonistic social practices...

During this period, a young generation of French architects, activists, and artists challenged postwar architectural production, seeking ways to catalyze intense urban experience and collective appropriation of space, as exemplified by the imaginary “revision and correction” of a Paris housing project depicted in 1971 in the countercultural journal Actuel...

But by the time he published The Production of Space, he was convinced that a “pedagogy of space and time” was beginning to take shape “in and through the space of leisure.” This “pedagogy,” he proposed, is fleetingly comprehended via evanescent glimpses, premonitions of a different way of life. Lefebvre argues that at the beach, say, or during an urban festival, one may find oneself “breaking out of the temporal and spatial shell developed in response to labor”—however commodified, “colonized,” fetishistic, or irrelevant such situations might appear....

his studies of suburbanites and the residents of modernist housing estates, which had shown him how people may wrest unexpected meanings and uses from banal or oppressive structures, traducing the “industrial” logic of French society in the twilight years of Fordism. It is this ability to discover condensed energy where others saw broken promises...

Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment begins with a call for freeing architectural imagination by “putting into parentheses” the political and economic conditions that had relegated architects to a marginal position within the social division of labor. With the phrase “put into parentheses,” Lefebvre designated a conceptual procedure that “suspends by means of thought,” temporarily neutralizing the powers that “subordinate” architecture....

“negative,” that is, as defined in opposition to the basic spatiotemporal distribution of the postwar everyday, in particular the partition of places and times of work and “non-work.”... non-work rather than production, excess rather than accumulation, gift rather than exchange. In spaces of leisure, the hegemonic social regime is disrupted... Lefebvre writes about the baths of Diocletian, Gupta temples, and Renaissance towns, about the Alhambra and the Generalife gardens, but also about fictive spaces like the Abbey of Thélème... These examples are neither illustrations nor models of Lefebvre’s architecture of enjoyment but, rather, “concrete” or “experimental” utopias, where architectural projects are understood as cognitive objects allowing us to fathom the potential of the social production of space.... What may appear to be a withdrawal from political engagement in fact opens up the possibility of a political practice: After the parentheses are removed, the images and ideas they contained reenter social practice as projects and “counter-projects.”...

Today, architecture implies social practice in two senses. In the first place, it implies the practice of dwelling, or inhabiting (the practice of an inhabitant or, to use a more problematic term, a habitat). Secondly, it implies the practice of the architect himself, a person who exercises a profession that has developed (like so many others) over the course of history, one with its own place (or perhaps without a place: this has yet to be verified) within the social division of labor; a profession that produces, or at least contributes to, the production of social space... But there is a paradox here. By setting aside the far order, by clearly apprehending the link to practice, a consideration of the architectural work liberates the imaginary. Such thinking can approach utopian space by avoiding abstraction and underwriting in advance the concrete nature of that utopia... “Personalized” individual or family spaces, effectively subject to private ownership, imitate collective space, appropriated by an active and intense social life—confirmed by the most recent findings of advertising rhetoric... To provide the illusion of enjoyment, whereby “private” appropriation, in other words, the private ownership of space, is accompanied by the degradation of the real and social practice...

Proletarian housing, for its part, has the opposite characteristics. Reduced to a minimum, barely “vital,” it depends on various “facilities,” on the “environment,” that is, on social space, even if this is not well maintained. There is no connection with enjoyment other than in and through external space... Monotony, boredom, asceticism...

The monument possessed meaning. Not only did it have meaning, it was meaning: strength and power. Those meanings have perished. The building has no meaning; the building has a signification.
architecture  enjoyment  happiness  revolution  utopia  Lefebvre  labor  everyday_life  politics 
may 2014 by shannon_mattern

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