Alvin Toffler calls this method of instruction “unlearning.”
We need to teach children individually, and in a way that doesn’t emphasize memorizing the right answer, but more realistically reflects how we learn and succeed in the real world.
In June of 2009, after Michael Jackson died, I decided it was time to learn how to moonwalk. I went to YouTube and found the “How to Moonwalk” video with the most hits, a simple 2:15 minute homemade job by Montreal DJ AngeDeLumiere. The video proved to be a lesson not only in a dance step but in transformative pedagogy.
Ange begins by showing us what we think is the way to do the moonwalk. He’s right. That is exactly how I used to think it was done. He then demonstrates the results of your intuition, a dorky backwards walking that looks nothing at all like the elegant optical illusion perfected by the King of Pop. “That’s all wrong,” Ange admonishes us. “You don’t want to do that.” Then, he shows you the right way, breaking it down, explaining the movement, the weight shift, which heel is doing what while the other foot is doing something else. He shows you slowly, then more rapidly, until, before your eyes, AngeDeLumiere is moonwalking. A few weeks later, so was I.
via FastCoExist – Cathy Davidson
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