Don’t Teach, Facilitate Learning!

Teaching, in my estimation, is a vastly over-rated function […]

Teaching means “to instruct.” Personally, I am not much interested in instructing another in what she should know or think, though others seem to love to do this […]

We are, in my view, faced with an entirely new situation in education where the goal of education … is the facilitation of change and learning. The only man who is educated is the man who has learned how to learn; the man who has learned how to adapt and change; the man who has realized that no knowledge is secure, that only the process of seeking knowledge gives a basis for security. Changingness, a reliance on process rather than upon static knowledge, is the only thing that makes any sense as a goal for education in the modern world.

So now with some relief i turn to an activity, a purpose, which really warms me – the facilitation of learning. When I have been able to transform a group – and here I mean all the members of a group, myself included – into a community of learners, then the excitement has been almost beyond belief. To free curiosity; to permit individuals to go charging off in new directions dictated by their own interests; to unleash the sense of inquiry; to open everything to questioning and exploration; to recognize that everything is in process of change – here is an experience I can never forget … Out of such a context arise true students, real learners, creative scientists and scholars, and practitioners, the kind of individuals who can live in a delicate but ever-changing balance between what is presently known and the flowing, moving, altering problems and facts of the future.

Here then is a goal to which I can give myself wholeheartedly. I see the facilitation of learningand the aim of education, the way in which we might develop the learner, the way in which we can learn to live as individuals in the process.

-Carl Rogers, Freedom to Learn, pp. 119-120.

Rogers FTL



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