Ms. Davidson notes that our schoolmaster-led classrooms and grading customs look pretty much as they did not just in the last century but in the 19th century. She contrasts this with Duncan Germain's classroom at Voyager Academy, a charter school in North Carolina, where learning is made to resemble a collaborative game. Self-organized teams engage in a contest to build the best bridge out of Popsicle sticks. Along the way they learn for themselves not just principles of engineering but also strategies of management—just what they need to thrive in the new world of work. Students in such a setting, Ms. Davidson writes, "are mastering the lessons of learning, relearning, and unlearning that are perfectly suited to a world where change is the only constant."
If Ms. Davidson's name sounds familiar it is because I wrote about her in this post in 2009: Cathy Davidson on Unlearning.
My question to you, though, is this: Are you mastering the lessons of unlearning?
If not, you might want to start with my new book, Higher Unlearning: 39 Post-Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future.