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30 September 2018


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Philip Fitzpatrick

Showing your age a bit there Bernard - Pink Floyd and Ivan Illich.

Triple loop learning only really kicks in at tertiary level but there's still a lot of indoctrination.

I discovered that university was all about pleasing your lecturers. Once I'd worked that out I cruised through. Never wrote so much crap in my life.

Ed Brumby

Isn't the deeper purpose of institutionalised education to instil compliance and conformity within the student participants? Think about it....

Bernard Corden

Almost all education has a political motive, which promotes national, religious or social group interests at the expense of its opponents.

It determines the subjects taught, the knowledge provided or suppressed and the customs and conventions students are expected to acquire.

In many curricula learning is akin to schooling and it confuses process with substance. It is mostly indoctrination and the information is merely absorbed and repeated. This obfuscates teaching with learning and imagination is controlled to accept ceremony over value….

'We don’t need no education, we don’t need no thought control, no dark sarcasm in the class room, teacher leave us kids alone, all in all you're just another brick in the wall.'

Medical treatment is mistaken for health care, police protection for public safety and military prowess for national security. Issues such as welfare, learning, dignity, independence and creativity merely reflect the performance of establishments serving these ends.

Education occurs only when there is an ethical intent to enhance the wisdom and development of individuals. It requires a community of reciprocation, empathy, meaning and engagement with an emphasis on self-discipline.

Single loop training or indoctrination restrains progress, which inhibits maturity and wisdom. The acquired knowledge is merely superficial with repetitive vapid clichés such as reaching or moving forward. CAE used to stand for College of Advanced Education but it now means cool, excellent and awesome.

Double loop learning is a generative process that contests traditions and assumptions and encourages creativity to develop alternative trajectories.

A paradigm shift only occurs via triple loop learning, which is learning to learn. It cultivates deep intrinsic knowledge that is much more meaningful and resilient than single loop training or replication of data using algorithms via the fallacy of machine learning

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire is worth reading:

Deschooling society by Ivan Illich is also quite interesting:

"An educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern" - Tony Benn

Robin Lillicrapp

Institutionalising educational outcomes typically enthrones aspects of power and control.

In PNG, with so much deterioration of literacy and numeracy, it might be wise to effect a clean up of the mess by affording present and future teaching staff and student bodies a remedial construct where emphasis is directed toward individual prowess in the three R's - Reading, Writing, Arithmetic.

Simply squeezing existing and prospective students through a system demonstrably perpetuating failure is folly indeed.

Not much is said about those areas of successful ed-experience that sees graduates tread the local and international stage.

I suspect the rot is prevalent amid state schools where the dysfunction of state apparatus ensures a deficit in supply of essential services and resources. If so, the need to "triage" remedial steps outweighs mere process in forming typical institutions.

For most Papua New Guineans, holding out the theoretic possibilities of acquiring an education is useless unless the individual is also guaranteed grounding in basic skills and standards thus freeing them to pursue goals to the extent of their abilities.

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