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No Parroting Allowed!

Learning Emergence by Asking Questions

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"Momentum Learning and Tragedy"

Questions for the Week of February 19, 2007

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When asked, "how do you best learn?" most people usually respond with either a technique, like, "in a classroom," or by naming their favorite sense, like, "I learn best visually." Unfortunately, this implies most people define "learning" as the ability to parrot the correct answer.

What is wrong with this? We believe that "parroting the correct answer" creates parrots, not students; dullards, not Einsteins. So how can we create more Einsteins? We believe, by asking questions which are intended to provoke the student's own questions. More important, we see this as the best way with which to reawaken in students the love of learning.

This week's topic is, "Momentum Learning and Tragedy." Would you like to awaken your love of learning about this topic? You can, simply by reading the teacher's questions and then, by asking yourself, "what questions did these words just provoke in me?"

"Momentum Learning and Tragedy"

Hi John!! Inetta here. Greetings and love to the rest of the family. I look forward to meeting your new addition. What is his name? Aiden?

Sorry for the delay in my homework. I've recently returned from vacation and I'm a bit overwhelmed.

Also, as you might be aware, today is the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. My questions are emerging in me as I'm watching a documentary on this tragedy. It's interesting that I want to believe that there is information there which will help me make sense of the suffering of so many people. Ironically though, the information seems only to be about who to blame (the President; the governor of New Orleans, etc.).

The Teacher's Questions (asked by Inetta)

  • In relation to the last Master Teacher's Group and Momentum Learning, I'm wondering how information influences the degree to which we learn from one experience to the next.
  • For example, with other tragedies that have happened around the world, are there similarities in how they were addressed by their current leaders at the time?
  • Do people respond to tragedy via Momentum Learning?
  • How does shock affect Momentum Learning?
  • How does Momentum Learning affect a person's character type?

Sample Student Response Questions (asked by John)

Hi Inetta,

I have recently taken steps to curtail the amount of time I spend listening to the news and talk show radio. I still spend to much time reading the paper and watching the news. The media obviously spins the information that is spun by our politicians and their press personnel, and we are then left suffering from a chronic cases of vertigo by the time they are done.

If, at the end of the day, we are reading or hearing actual "news" (which of course, we are not), we are merely being shocked for ratings. The media uses injuries to attract viewers. The same way individuals are doomed to repeat and relive injuries until they emerge. The media selects its news based on the very same phenomenon. Having said all this, it seems to me as though the government is represented by the media from polar opposites, again for shock value. The information is littered with Layer 2 information and blame, both civilized and uncivilized. So I ask,

  • Is our Government a personification of how disconnected we are as a society?
  • Is the information you read or hear reliable enough to consider because it is all head and no heart?
  • Or is it as valuable as the dribble spewed from a mentally ill relative (needed to slip that in)?
  • Does the news dance around the hole of our society?

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