Self-direction<br />In an <br />open world<br />Ken Carroll<br />
Self-directed learning:<br />-Autonomy, freedom, control<br />-You educate yourself in resource-rich environments<br />-You act on personal decisions and direct experience<br />-Not as response to instruction<br />
Why it’s good<br />Respect for the individual<br />Ownership<br />It’s more motivating<br />
But it barely exists in schools<br />At school, the individual makes essentially no decisions and simply follows instructions<br />Schools will not yield the ownership, control, testing, or mass-consumption model<br />
Wherever you <br />look, very <br />few are self-directed<br />And self-directionbarely exists in wider society<br />
Why is it so rare?<br /> Our institutions were never designed for it <br /> We don't know how it’s done<br />
But in an open world, new choices are coming at us <br />When power devolves from the center to the edges, the individual gains more control, relative to political, social, commercial Institutions.<br />
Are we ready for these freedoms?<br />No. We’re not ready for self-direction<br />Technology alone can make us neither free nor self-directedAnd the key lies with individuals, not institutions<br />
True autonomy comes from the insideIf we wish to be free we have to think like self-directed individualsNot defer to institutions or to inner processes<br />
Two levels of freedom<br />Both Rousseau and Isaiah Berlin recognized the existence of psychological freedom<br />
How do we create them?<br />Through ownership of your own mental and emotional states, your psychological experience<br />By knowing their cause and effect you get to direct them<br />Through a process of self-empowerment and self-mastery<br />
If you're not self-directed then you're directed by something else...<br />You're not empowered, but in thrall to your ego, emotions, assumptions, etc <br />You locate control over your actions <br />outside yourself<br />You're not self-directed<br />
All the social, legal, and political freedom in the world will go only so far. <br />You must <br />possess it psychologically<br />In order to become<br />self-directed<br />
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