“The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love your life will flash by…
Do good to them. Wonder. Hope. Future.”
It isn’t always that you interview someone with something to say, something meaningful that is, people say things everyday, most of it garbage, very little of it is gold.
Wednesday 26 October 2011, I don’t confess myself to remember everything from the interview, I probably remember very little, but the message was there, the message I remember. Over the past few days, the message changed, it evolved, evolved based on my mood, my feelings. In the end it wasn’t even about education, or teaching anymore.
Dave Truss was a wonderful interview subject, and I thank him for that, we talked about a lot centred around education, and the changes we need. We talked about the shortfalls, and the adversity we have to change, for the system we have today was built when crops still needed to be harvested by the majority, and summer break was given, to tend to the fields. It was a different situation then, yet why does it still exist? He pointed out two things, one which was direct, and one indirectly, I remember him saying to me, “We don’t like change,” or something along those lines. The other thing was power, the current system puts power in the hands of the teacher, and the students just follow like a Shepard leading sheep. We all like power, who doesn’t? The people up there, who call the shots are afraid of letting go, or as Dave Truss put it, “putting more power in the hands of the students.”
He was right, he is right, you know. There is guiding along the path, and then there is controlling the path, we should be the ones as learners to shape the path, we should get more involved, and be more in control. He believes that the system should be catering to the students, an all inclusive system, where we all build it, that’s not saying that we shouldn’t have teaching goals, just teaching them in a manner that pertains to the students’ strengths, and weaknesses. You could also say that there are students who don’t work without being pushed, and in most cases even when being pushed. In a free market system, as the world should be, those who work hard, innovate, and create are rewarded, those who don’t are punished accordingly, and after all School is about preparing you for real life, and that is pretty close to real life is it not?
“Education now is about utilizing all available resources to create a learning environment where sharing and teaching goes both ways, and beyond the classroom doors.” Learning has to evolve now, it has to be global, especially with accessibility getting more and more pervasive in the technological sense, it’s become necessary to prepare students to deal with the global community. We need to spread our sights from local to global, because it builds our skills, and with our global network of trade, connections, we need to go global, with students online in Canada teaching others in Mumbai, from London to New York, and from Paris to Tokyo, teachers teaching teachers, students teaching teachers, and etc. We have to really let go of our past confines, and understand we all have strengths, and there are definitely students in the room who know more than the teachers in certain areas, and while teachers didn’t utilize that knowledge before, it’s time to change, adapt to our strengths, and if the student is better then let them teach, let them reach out, and become part of the community of teaching, and shape their path, and influence others. We have to be the one to take the initiative now, if we want to survive, and prosper.
The one thing that stuck especially deep with me, was when he said, “He lives the life,” he could easily just dictate his wishes, or influence change, yet live his way, but he does go with the change, he lives his words, from laptops in China, to now working in Open Learning changing that, from more textbook based to more community based.
Over the weekend I saw a movie called “‘In Time” with a couple of mates, it was better than expected, but the concept the movie is based on, time is money, and your life. You stop ageing at 25, and you have one year left to live, the poor die young, and the rich live forever, made me wonder how much time would I have? 500 years? 3 000? 10 000? 512 136? or more? That led me to think, what would I do with those 10 000 years? How would I spend it? Living life is about love, you don’t live unless you experience, and love what you do. You can live a life alone, but you must love that way, and love what you do. A life without love is no life at all, live life the way you love it, don’t let people change that. Don’t live simply because you have 10 000 years on your clock, do something with that time. Do something you believe in with your life, like Dave Truss, like so many others that keep the world the same, or change it, whatever it is, they do it because they believe.
Now tell me something, what would you do with 512 136 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours 42 minutes and 13.75 seconds because I sure as hell wouldn’t waste it.
Whether it be this
“Life, love to live it, live to love it.”