Student-Originated Studies: Learning, Education, Schooling
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This Student-Originated Studies program supports, first, students who want to continue studies they began in the fall program, “Learning, Education, Schooling” (LES), and, second, students who want to undertake independent work, or work in small groups, under the LES banner. New students are welcome to join in the spring quarter if there is space available. Students may pursue library research, site-based research on contemporary alternatives to schooling, or supervised work in public or private schools. Site-based work may be pursued in the US or other countries; students studying or working abroad must make early contact with the College’s Study Abroad program to secure their help and support.
“Learning, Education, Schooling” is, taking the three terms in order, a series of ideas and practices best understood as an example of that old phrase, Corruptio optimi quae pessima est , the corruption of the best (learning, for example) is the worst (schooling). A founder of an alternative school in India wrote, “Children learn the world, not the word.” Learning is one of the great gifts of life. Children learn, from the world, to walk, talk, love, and become the people they are simply by—by what?—by “taking it all in,” as a gift. Schools discipline their charges to learn the proper words for all those things “out there,” those things best known by “disciplinary specialists,” and they grade their students based on how many “correct answers” those students can give to the question, accompanied by a disciplinarian’s pointing finger, “What is that?” In the world, children learn to live, what counts as good, how to work with others… In school, children find out if they are an A-student. or not.
Joseph Tussman, a faculty member in the 1960s Evergreen-like “Experiment at Berkeley” wrote, “The crux is freedom. Liberal education aims at the free mind. If we could force men (sic) to be free, we would. As it is, we can only try to help them.” If you want to help others, or yourself, to take a step or two toward freedom in and through learning, join us.
Class Size: 13
Located in: Olympia