'Transformative learning involves experiencing a deep, structural shift in the basic premises of thought, feelings, and actions. It is a shift of consciousness that dramatically and irreversibly alters our way of being in the world. Such a shift involves our understanding of ourselves and our self-locations; our relationships with other humans and with the natural world; our understanding of relations of power in interlocking structures of class, race and gender; our body awareness, our visions of alternative approaches to living; and our sense of possibilities for social justice and peace and personal joy'.
I've had an idea for using film or TV investment for a documentary about building a new kind of school.
The school would be one which attempts to be an environment that naturally encourages cooperative, conscientious, creative and constructive interactions with the world as a primary goal - with the outcome that the children have a good experience in the 'school society' and choose to learn for themselves.
The film or series would take an enlightened scientific approach aiming to inform the public and hopefully show how film investment can be used to truly create positive change, or further our understanding of ourselves.
The school would almost be like a microcosm of an 'ideal' society (one that is constantly improving itself), where the children can learn all the important science that we rely on to understand the world and sustain ourselves. As well as learning about their emotional selves and how to communicate nonviolently. Also with an emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking. With the resources available the kids would be allowed to learn whatever they liked, and teachers would be more like informative mentors.
The school grounds would have to be bought or donated and then developed around the same ideals of sustainable development, efficiency and cooperation as are taught at the school. Engineered for the wellbeing of all who attend and constantly optimised in method and design over time.
The filming itself could be done as an ongoing school project which would act as feedback from the kids so that they can have a democratic part in what their school is like. How great would that be?
See also my idea for a free, online, learn-at-home school:
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