Dear Friends of Creating Learning Communities,
This letter is to invite youand your learning circle, co-op, or other collaborative
learning groupto join in a discussion and action programs to deschool society
and create a world of learning communities.
A Coalition for self-learning is an ad hoc group of individuals and organizations
that has been coming together on the Internet for three years to discuss WHY
we learn, HOW we learn, WHEN we learn, and WHAT we learn. We have tried to think
outside the school/teach/educate box, and to go beyond fixing the schools. We
have recognized that the way we learn shapes, as it is shaped by, the society
in which we live.
With Paulo Freire, we are concerned that the current school systems remove young
people from their families, communities, society, and nature to prepare them
only for jobs in the corporate/factory/industrial world. With John Holt we have
recognized that we are learning all the time. With Ivan Illich we
have explored Deschooling Society. With Peter Drucker and Elise Boulding
we have noted that the future requires life-long learning. With Margaret Mead
we have seen that learning in the home and community can provide a superior education
to a bureaucratic school system. Following these and other progressive thinkers
we have accepted the mantra of envisioning a world without schools creating
a world of learning communities.
Whether we talk about self learning, learning circles, unschooling, deschooling
charter schools, or homeschooling, we all seem in accord on these points:
o Everyone has the right to decide what s/he wants to learn and have the chance
to learn it.
o Society and parents must recognize this right and provide young people with
the opportunity to learn what they want when they want.
o Forcing adult-designed, teachers-designed or government-designed programs on
all young people is not an efficient or democratic way to prepare them to be
productive members of society.
o Many young people and parents are looking for ways to get out of the public
or academic school-boxes now imposed on people by the established institutions.
o We need a radically different learning system as the foundation for a radically
o All of us who agree on these points want to join forces to move ahead.
In August 2000 we published a compendium of chapters contributed by members:Creating
Learning Communities. During 2001 the Coalition published a Guidebook
And Directory of Consultants for Creating Learning Communities. This year
(2002) we are working on a project and booklet, Financing Learning Communities.
This letter is to invite your participation.
You can read the book and other material on line at: www.CreatingLearningCommunities.org.
You can discuss the future of learning and actions we could take at: LearningCommunities@yahooroups.com.
If you want to take action and DO SOMETHING join us at: CCL-LLCs@yahoogroups.com.
PEOPLE ARE NOT THE PROBLEMS, THEY ARE THE SOLUTIONS. IF THE PEOPLE LEAD, THE
LEADERS WILL FOLLOW
Bill Ellis, General Coordinator
A Coalition for Self-Learning
PO Box 567, Rangeley, ME 04970 USA
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