One of the reasons my 5-week course project appeals to me is because I cannot get away with being passive. I own the entire process. If I’m not deeply involved, it’s not going to happen at all. It’s mine.
A couple of days after the start of my pilot project, I was reading around The Bamboo Project blog by Michele Martin. In one post, she said:
I think that one of the reasons people are so passive about learning is because everything in society conspires to make us believe that learning is someone else’s responsibility.
It really has felt like my education was everyone’s responsibility but my own. Don’t get me wrong – I think my education has been a good one, and I’m sure the professional guidance was even more effective than I realize. But I had to put my own curiosity on hold to make room for all that education. It’s taken me several homework-free years to internalize the fact that when there’s something I want to learn about, I can just go learn about it.
Speaking of which, there’s some reading I’d like to do!