UNLEARNING PATHS TOWARD NEW NORMS

to create classroom cultures to normalize paths to empowerment, unlearning is a tool to counter some of what they've experienced in school

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students have typically grown up in environments that norm and prize compliance (if not obedience) over agency and metacognition. developing specific lessons to help students "unlearn" their dependency on teachers and their tendency toward compliance in their efforts. this video from SmarterEveryDay illustrates the problem indirectly by analogy:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFzDaBzBlL0

when I do some of this work with my students, I use an anthropological definition of culture and use lots of examples, riddles, puzzles, historiography to emphasize how our perception works and how students may hold inaccurate views of their own potential and how education might work better for them.  CULTURE: the complex system of values, ideas, and myths that largely determine social institutions and behavior. Or, more simply, the way in which we make sense of the world.


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