I left this as a comment on a blog today, but realized it makes a great post so here it is.... Ah, the power of comments is a lovely thing. Watching the exchange on the subject on rhizomatic lerning from Louwarnoud van der Duim's Blog has helped me put rhizomatic learning in perspective.Thanks you to both @louwarnoud, as I had similar notions until I kept on looking and reading Dave's Blog. I no longer think that rhizomatic learnging is just for those empowered or smarter. It does not need an internet connection. It truly takes a facilitator with an open mind. Please feel free to see my blog post which stemmed from similar thoughts until I came upon the blog post on classroom20.com, Who is Educating Us.
You see when "formal education" is introduced to a community that did not have it, they do lose out, and I quote
"One of the most profound changes that occurs when modern schooling is introduced into traditional societies around the world is a radical shift in the locus of power and control over learning from children, families, and communities to ever more centralized systems of authority.Once learning is institutionalized under a central authority, both freedom for the individual and respect for the local are radically curtailed. The child in a classroom generally finds herself in a situation where she may not move, speak, laugh, sing, eat, drink, read, think her own thoughts, or even use the toilet without explicit permission from an authority figure. Family and community are sidelined, their knowledge now seen as inferior to the school curriculum".Now if that is not proof that we are at our hearts rhizomatic learners, I'm not sure what does! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Many have expanded my mind when it comes to rhizomatic learning. I still have questions, see my last post..but I think we are wired for rhizomatic learning and if not it is because we were told that's just not how things work! What a shame. I have come to terms with the rhizomatic learning and the power of backtracking and commenting on blogs have helped me to form my own roads. Actually I don't think I have enjoyed a journey like this in a while so Thank you Dave Cormier, because well your awesome and I'm pretty sure I'd like a "badge" for being a rhizomatic learner. Thanks to Lou as I enjoyed your blog and posts immensely. To Carol Black for the amazing paper/post on "Who controls what you learn", and to Sue, as she always comments and has shared and confirmed that looking back and commenting really does add to my knowledge; and last but not least thank you ETMOOC as you have helped me grow and connect!. Thanks for reading.. Love to hear your thoughts.