Here is a collection of links to the essays on education and learning available on this site:
- Teaching is Overrated. Good Teachers Don’t Teach. (2013)
- On Positive Behavior Support: A Critical View. (2013)
- Education as a “Buying” Process: Contrasting with the Conventional, “Selling” View of Education. (2014)
- Why Don’t We Start from Students’ Problems? (2017)
One of the main points underlying the above essays is that real learning occurs when the learner is intrinsically motivated and self-directed, not through knowledge transfer by force or conditioning [1, 2, 3, 4]. In this respect, many approaches are inherently problematic as they often depend on extrinsic motivators, such as reward/punishments and competition . According to this view, teachers need to listen to the learners, protect their intrinsic motivation, and facilitate their self-directed learning processes [1, 3, 4]. The attitude of such a facilitator may be seen more as a buyer of the learners’ learning process and not the seller of his own agenda . That is, the starting point of the learning process must always be the learners’ problems, interests, and lives .