Designing a course of study…… creating your own learning

So where do we start on this journey…this grand endeavor… independent learning….
Perhaps planning for a child….perhaps planning for ourselves…..

What shall I learn? Shall I learn the esoteric areas of math….the exactness of chemistry…. the love of poetry…. the expression and emotion of writing….. So where shall I start?

Topics…. every discipline is an organ system of topics… some are the baseline…some build frameworks….some finish out the structure so it has a home….in your cortex….

Shall we say we will study a science… shall we say chemistry…. start in the manner of the engineer…. look for a foundation upon which to build a framework….

Search the topics that define the science of chemistry…. visit libraries where you will look at tomes of chemistry often long past….visit used book stores pick up a text…. do a computer search for topics in chemistry… syllabus for chemistry will go a long way…. search for chemistry curriculum…. eventually you will have the fundamentals of the subject…. easy as that…

Then write a list…. melding together the various chemistry detritus you have accumulated from your searches… bring them together into a list…. instantly you have a syllabus… a key to knowledge… a combination to a lock that may have been locked to you sense childhood… or perhaps you are a young person designing your own chemistry course… how Einstein would have done it…

Make a notebook…. a three-ring binder is true to the task….I like Moleskin Journals myself…I like the feel and the smell… the smell of knowledge…. number each of the pages front and back until you have reached the end of the journal….

Title the first page Table of Contents….. leave the next 10 pages for contents….then list your accumulated syllabus… from beginning to end… don’t worry about order now… it will change…. that is why I am going to ask you to skip two lines when you are putting your topic notes down… so you can add later if you find you left a gaping hole in the knowing of chemistry….

Now tackle the first topic on page the second page after the Table of Contents ends…. Title the top of the page with the topic… then begin your glorious search…. The topic might be “What is Chemistry?” …record the page for “What is Chemistry? in the Table of contents after the entry….you’ve started a book …… search everything you can… encyclopedias… dictionaries… the internet … enter exactly those words in the search box…. knowledge will rumble up as a volcano… record everything that strikes you …. write it down…type it down…. as some have already decided you may not want to do this in a physical book, but you have decided to write in electrons….using a word processor or a publishing program where you can bring in pictures, link videos… the possibilities are endless….

Go on in that manner…. next topic….then the next…. soon you have learned what is chemistry… then the periodic table… then molarity… there is not end to this study…..

When you go from one section to another section leave space for your expanding cerebral cortex….that magnificent frontal lobe that is the keeper of logic….of knowledge….

Soon you will know more and better the subject of chemistry than those poor souls who only read their textbook…. for you wrote yours…. and having written it you will never forget it….

Do this with every subject you encounter….no cost….no expensive curricular programs…..only learning as nature would have it…. exploration…. unschooling in the purest sense….. following your nose until you have ferreted out all the possible chemical knowledge there is to ferret….

Here is independent learning at it’s best… homemade… assembled as needed… when the last topic is understood…

Should you need practice problems…. don’t worry about buying a workbook…. search for “practice problems in stoichiometry”… or some such as it is at the time…

They will come up directly to you out of the electron universe…. you will be educating yourself as real scientists educate themselves… after they are finished with their dry Ph. D’s…. when they are finally free to learn as they want to learn… but you…. you…. will have learned as you wanted to learn from the beginning…. knowing more than those who were handed their curriculum….told to go home and read…. go home and study….

But you…..you were the gardener of your mind, the keeper of the seed…..you tilled the ground…. you planted the seeds…. you watched as the harvest grew…then you reaped the harvest you deserved… for we all harvest that which we reserve….

No test will have any terror for you… no entrance exam or essay… for you constructed your house yourself…. you know it almost as well as the men and women who discovered it..

Let not you heart be troubled if you haven’t the money to buy complete curriculum units…. as long as there are libaries….as long as libraries have computers you have all the equipment you need for the task….

Later you will wonder how to do experiments…. isn’t lab important….yes it is… but we will solve that problem too….

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