Collaborative education refers to collaboration between teacher and student to make that relationship mutually beneficial for the sake of learning on both sides:
- The learning community consists of teachers and students.
- Student is willing to change role with teacher, and vice versa. Relationship is fluid and without ego.
- Teacher is willing to be corrected, and therefore is willing to learn
- Student is willing to be corrected, and therefore is willing to learn
- It is the teacher's responsibility to correct the student, if student cannot correct themselves
- It is the student's responsibility to correct the teacher, if the teacher cannot correct themselves.
- Silence is acquiescence
- Everything is up for questioning, and the curriculum evolves continuously as the learning community grows.
Applications: if material is presented and nobody questions it or corrects it, that material becomes the accepted version of 'the truth.' This applies to both the curriculum and its applications. For example, if a student designs something and the teacher doesn't question it, the design is assumed to be correct.
- Since the teacher may not understand what is difficult or easy for students, the students are responsible for pointing out what is difficult. Teacher can then improve the material to make it easier to understand. The critical part is to understand what people are having difficulty with, so that learning can accelerate.
- Moral Intelligence is taught in conjunction with subject matter. Only upon grasping moral intelligence is subject matter presented, because the moral intelligence provides motivation and purpose, facilitating rapid learning. Theory: learning rate increases 2-4x once purpose is realized.