Education: Love

The success of education has so much more to do with the quality of relationships within the context of that environment than the quality of the actual “education” (or pedagogy) itself.

In other words, what I know to be true is this: When there is love and mutual respect on both sides of the equation, the chances are much, much higher that real learning will actually occur.

So, when I read this recent piece about how students learn from those that they love, all I could do is just nod and agree:

And students have got to have a good relationship with teachers. Suzanne Dikker of New York University has shown that when classes are going well, the student brain activity synchronizes with the teacher’s brain activity. In good times and bad, good teachers and good students co-regulate each other.

The bottom line is this, a defining question for any school or company is: What is the quality of the emotional relationships here?

The New York Times

Really great question and it’s one that my wife and I think about quite often as we consider the education for our children and as we try to figure out the best situation for them.

For instance, I shared on my vlog yesterday that our middle child is going to be moving from hackschooling at home to a project-based school in The Mission:

The first part of the vlog covers Arden’s new experimental adventure.

And as long as the environment is healthy and that she loves the people that she engages with, then, I’m not worried about whether “real education” will take place – I’m just not that concerned.

Love should be at the very center of any educational strategy and it should be optimized and reworked and challenged so that it can keep maturing, keep growing, and keep getting better.

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