I started reading a new book over coffee yesterday, called Turning Learning Right Side Up. The thing I like about it right from the outset is that it’s co-authored by someone who isn’t actually from the education space, but who specialises in business management science. I’ve spent many years working in technology startups (which, generally, tend to lead the way in how we think about doing good work, developing people’s natural abilities, balancing all that with life etc.), and I’ve seen first-hand how much crossover there is between good business and education thinking.
I’m not too deep into the book yet, so I’ll hold back on a go-buy-it! recommendation until I am, but it opens with a very interesting little tidbit that I’ve never heard or thought about before: if you look at most current definitions of the word ‘educate’, they will talk about the act or process of imparting knowledge or skill. They will focus on systematic instruction, teaching, schooling.
But the Latin word it came from – ‘educere’ – actually means to lead out, to bring out, to draw forth.
Quite different, huh?
Ok, let’s get into one of your questions (which was something a bunch of you asked about):
Thanks for all you questions this week! There were some big topics in there (including a few great questions around trusting in our children’s ability to learn, rather than ours to teach), so I’ll be jumping in front of a camera this week to really dig into those. Keep sending them in, and stay tuned for some Q&A vids!
Thank you so much for reading,