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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Exuberant Animal

A continued challenge for all schools is figuring out both the role of play and the role of a classroom.  Here, for me, is a missing piece:

Frank Forencich is the inspirational Chief Creative Officer of Exuberant Animal (www.exuberantanimal.com). His organization is re-teaching high performing corporations the necessity and business value of active kinesthetic play (computer games don't count!). He is to the physical what Thiagi is to the verbal - a master at getting to huge issues through interactivity and engagement.

I recorded this segment of him addressing, and then engaging in serious play, a large group of executives, at my Seattle conference Serious Play. (Sadly, we didn't have time to go outside, as Frank would have preferred!)

To the degree we have organized learning, this is what it should look like.

If I could suggest just one activity for all groups (DOE, Foundations, Academic "Researchers") that (try to) help evolve schools, it would be to spend a day with Frank Forencich. He is my nominee for the Gates Foundation's Education Board if they actually wanted to improve education, rather than compliance with schools.

The Science is Compelling
Relevant Unschooling Rules
#unnrules09: Sitting through a classroom lecture is not just unnatural for most people, it is painful

#unrules26: Biologically, the necessary order of learning is: explore, then play, then add rigor.

#unrules36: Fifteen models that are better for childhood learning than schools are: Pick-up sports: experience existential play and find balance.

#unrules50: Outdoors beats indoors

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