Adrienne Goehler (former Berlin senator for culture/media) recently quoted in a visit to Sydney “ The philosopher Theodor Adorno wrote ‘little distinguishes the intellectual lifestyle so deeply from the bourgeois as the fact that the former does not acknowledge the alternative between work and pleasure’. As Lisa Pryor (SMH Sept 17-18) observes, this feature has now liquefied and expanded to other social classes- we are living like intellectuals. Pryor states that work is only one of the pursuits people do in the office. “Employers expect us to be flexible [linked to work related matters outside normal hours], so we expect the same from them”.
Just as what we classify as ‘work/play’ in the office is blurring, so to are the distinctions between informal/formal learning in the classroom. Why is it that for so long we have accepted the place and need for formal learning at home[work]. While education institutions are driven by assessable outcomes based learning, there is increasingly less place for exploratory based learning.