I’ve started reading a book called A Comprehensive Outline of World History because, as I was explaining to @vaveyard over an abundance of gin last Friday, I had to drop high school history aged 14 and am now lamenting my poor knowledge base. I know lots about the World Wars and the Tudors, because my middle school teachers were obsessed with them, but everything else is just basic understanding and nothing else. And there are lots of gaps. And history is interesting as fuck, so.
Obviously with such a mammoth task it’s hard to know where to start, so my plan is to work my way through this epic tome I’ve found, make note of particular eras and topics that interest me, then seek out further reading material/online courses about them and go more in depth.
I’m not rushing about this, it’s gonna be like a lifelong learning situation, but yeah. I’m excited. I’ll be blogging about it with the tag ‘history mission.’
While library usage continues to evolve in an ever increasing digital age, majorities of Americans think local libraries serve the educational needs of their communities and families pretty well. Those who use libraries often outpace others in learning activities, but many do not know about key education services libraries provide.
A large majority of Americans seek extra knowledge for personal and work-related reasons. While digital technology plays a notable role in these knowledge pursuits, place-based learning remains vital to many.
Sometimes we get to medical school and still have fixed viewpoints that tell us if we try and fail, it meant we weren’t smart in the first place. I think it’s really important – and it’s been a lifelong and ongoing project for me – to break out of that mindset into the growth one, that says intelligence is something you work for, that perseverance and hard work and passion are far more important than what you can do the first time you try.
This courage to be mediocre (as my mom calls it) makes a good doctor. This willingness to truly learn is what your patients need.
I really thank the Khan Academy for spreading the message and for teaching so many millions of people across the world, including myself at various times in my career. For more info, here’s where I got the link to the video: (x)
I’ve always been intimidated by watercolor, and I’ve only ever really used it for sketches. So last night I took a watercolor 101 course with Emily Proud. She shared ways of building up our paintings, how to choose the right brush, and a few other pro tips. I made this still-life painting during the class, as well as a few other watercolor experiments. Emily is a fantastic teacher, and she got me excited to continue exploring watercolor as a medium.
In order to counter the attempts to marginalise progressive lifelong learning, and promote the cultivation of the Cooperative Gestalt, we need to address the needs, so to speak, of the head, the heart and the hands. The head needs to be reinforced with greater understanding. It is important to explain why it is better to learn continuously in an open and inclusive manner so that we are able to make the most of changing circumstances for the good of all. The heart needs to be stirred with passionate concern. We should explore diverse means – fiction, art, film – to fire up the desire to resist attempts to shut down the cooperative mindset. Last but not least, the hands need the practical tools to bring about changes. We should make use of the many resources available to strengthen the impact of progressive lifelong learning.
Henry Tam at Question the Powerful. The Cooperative Gestalt