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(Open Source) - '..full of creative exploration..' - '..the unschooling movement..'

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'Within a span of 10 minutes, the computer center had transformed itself from a games-playing room to a room full of creative exploration. I can't explain how it happened, but I give a lot of credit to the programmers who created TuxPaint. For those of you who work with youth in outside-of-school settings, there is hope that students will voluntarily move themselves off a games-playing path and onto a creative exploration path.

TuxPaint, Inkscape, and GIMP are all free tools for creative exploration. It is possible to see these programs making their way into your community. I can tell you first-hand, it's a truly beautiful sight.'

- Phil Shapiro, The day TuxPaint became contagious, 4 May 2012


'Unschooling and open source challenge our definitions of resourcefulness, self-education, self-direction, and self-motivation.'

'The words unschooling and open source often make people take a step back. But if there is any mode of learning that fully embraces the philosophy of the open source way, it is unschooling. Some even use the phrase open source learning to describe unschooling. Both unschooling and open source are revolutionary concepts based on freedom of choice. They encourage us to rethink and reassess what, when, where, how, and why we learn.

Unschooling is an approach to education that follows a child’s innate curiosity and desire to learn. It is not based on the direction of a teacher or a set curriculum. It is self-directed learning.

Unschoolers take a hands-on, community-based, real-world approach to education--everything and everywhere is a learning possibility. Unschoolers may use an open source textbook like those found at CK-12 Flexbooks, take classes online through a program like Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning, or continue on to in-person coursework at a local college.

Unschooling lets the child decide what, when, where, how, and why they should learn. It treats education in a holistic manner where knowledge is naturally interconnected, not compartmentalized into subjects or separate classes. Parents of unschoolers recognize that learning is not always sequential or linear. This means that unschoolers may learn algebra from watching educational videos from Khan Academy at an earlier age than in a traditional school..

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It will be interesting to watch how the unschooling movement and open source unfold. Unschooling and open source challenge our definitions of resourcefulness, self-education, self-direction, and self-motivation. It goes against the concept of keeping knowledge in the hands of the few and the powerful. Seeing children bubble with a love of learning is infectious, but seeing them burst with open source is bliss--and hope for the future.'

- Carolyn Fox, Unschooling is the open source way, 5 Apr 2012


Context

In the Electric Universe - Evolve [into] 'full-fledged open source contributors.'

(Open Source) Open Source Ecology - Open-sourced blueprints for civilization

'..to promote the Open Web and openness in general .. open source thrives on challenges..'

(In The Electric Universe) Open Source Infrastructure, beginning of the Enterprise Nervous System (ENS)

Affectivity, Action, Electricity - '..in order to preserve society itself..'

'First, Let's Fire All the Managers' - Gary Hamel