Back in July I received a comment on a blog post, after asking readers what the subject of my next blog post should be. One reader, Denise, chimed in with the topic of “persuading school systems and communities to recognize the foundational importance of classical music and cultivating a lifelong appreciation.” I like it.
I’m currently teaching a class for the University of Alabama’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. In a nutshell, OLLI is a program that is designed for “mature adults” with the basic premise being “learning for the pure joy of learning.”
What a great concept! Adults come and take classes on music, history, computers, languages – you name it. There are no tests, no homework, no age limitations – just an open, exciting learning environment where students who share common interests come to brush up on things they are already familiar with, or to add new learning experiences.
It begs the question – how do we take this love of and desire for learning and transfer it from the world of “mature adults” to the realm of those we should be working hard every day to reach – young people? Read the rest of this entry »