We arenʼt here to learn anything – By @hcntweet
We arenʼt here to learn anything
Education is about learning. Absorbing a formula. Learning the rules. Running over a process till it becomes habit.
At school, you learn to count in tables. To join your letters and check your spelling. You learn that breaking the rules and playing clown for your classmates is bad. So is straying from the science class experiment to create unidentifiable chemical compounds.
At Uni, you learn to code switch. Adopt a cleaner accent among a sea of private school kids. You learn that dressing a certain way means being part of a certain set, as does your ability to identity with students who take taxis and drink wine with nice labels.
In the workplace, the learning continues. Stifle your opinion. Dress appropriately. Never, ever bring your personal shit to the office.
So itʼs no surprise SCA is hard. Not because thereʼs tons to learn, but because thereʼs so much to unlearn.
The first term started with a familiar timetable, a syllabus. Mentors discussed process and technique, hinting at a structure for creative thinking that we could all acknowledge and absorb. Now, itʼs our turn. Time to take the tricks and transplant the creative process onto a fresh problem. But itʼs like being given a toolbox without detailed instructions. It feels unsafe – am I doing this right? Do I use this first, or that?
Itʼs taken eight weeks of testing out techniques – and returning to mentors to demand detailed instructions – to learn to let go of learning. To stop trying to find a right way, or wrong way. To let go of trying to find a process or formula. It doesnʼt exist. Tools are just a way to throw a spanner into your thinking, create some chaos and break old patterns.
We arenʼt at SCA to learn. Having been educated out of creativity by the UKʼs education system, letting go of set systems is our main lesson. And weʼre taking it everyday.