Excerpt from Limitless Loving Leadership (ISBN 978-1-300-65933-4, 92 pages, $12.99)
Artwork by fabulous Fruition Coalition intern, Samantha Dillon
Learning can be scary because it inherently implies detachment from currently held beliefs and understandings. It can be a threat to our individual or group identity.
Alternatively, I see learning as an opportunity to grow. While we may choose to shift our position as a result of something we have learned, learning can also result in having a more expansive view or increased flexibility to shift our perspective. We can do both while remaining still in the same spot, in the safety of our core values and purpose.
Today, I consider many of the students in my cohort and the program overall as some of my most valued friends and colleagues. I hope that we have learned from each other over the years, and that we continue to see differences as opportunities to learn about each other and ourselves.
To them, and to you, I wish a Merry Christmas.
In the unlearning organization, everything we have ever taken for granted is questioned, dissected, or discarded. Our knowledge, assumptions, and beliefs are in motion.
In the unlearning organization, there are no bad ideas and mistakes are inevitable. There is continual creativity, ingenuity, and risk.
In the unlearning organization, there is limitless possibility. People are liberated from the past, from the future, and most importantly from themselves.
In the unlearning organization, satisfaction and complacency are unknown. The ultimate goal is to fully experience the joy of each moment as it unfolds.
As a student, I was taught that the goals of education were to acquire knowledge, make fewer mistakes, approach the illusion of perfection, conform, and adopt the beliefs and practices of dominant groups.
As a teacher, I am learning that the goals of education are to open up, explore, understand, and become my unique self.
What do you see as the goals of education?