Independent learning suggests ideas such as “self-taught,” or “autodidact.” These imply that independence means working solo. But that’s just not how it happens. People don’t learn in isolation. When I talk about independent learners, I don’t mean people learning alone. I’m talking about learning that happens independent of schools.
Anyone who really wants to learn without school has to find other people to learn with and from. That’s the open secret of learning outside of school. It’s a social act. Learning is something we do together.
Independent learners are interdependent learners. by Don’t Go Back to School – a must-read on how to fuel the internal engine of lifelong learning. (via explore-blog)
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If we, as writers, are the nerve endings of society; if the only people for us are the mad ones; if prose is the autobiography of ardor; if the only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest and how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated; if the only way to fail at life is to abstain – then how the fuck are we supposed to do this by following rules, by suppressing emotion, by typing and living in neat little boxes, by being regular and orderly in our lives? by Letters from a Young Whatever #6: Living a Life with Ardor (via Electric Literature)
do not worry
about ending up alone
someone will fall for you
like you’ve been falling for strangers on the bus
and the way people look when they think no one is watching
and the sprinkling of freckles on shoulders
someone is going to know that you hate iced tea