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Deconstructivism taken to another level at its best or even more interestingly, is to describe our new world as a post-post modern phenomenon.
So, let’s look at post modernism and what it really means first.
Post modernism was a term used generally to describe a trend in art form developing in the 70s and continuing on from the modern period. Little did we think there could be another phase again. The basic thread is that post-modernism art tends to breakdown what we have already known for sometime and essentially destroy the inner core of it so that it no longer exists in it’s original form. The main feeling about post modernism is that it is about the process.
To take it to the next level of ‘post-post’ we need to understand…and then what happens. Well, we have seen with our own eyes what happens. Things start forming as they naturally would but in whole new formats. Favouring nuances rather than essences and so true creativity is ignited and then anything seems possible.
So just to understand this – this is the world in which our young ones have entered. Little did they know at the age of 2 when they played with their mothers smart phone and started swiping (now as relevant as the legendary Babinsky reflex) that this alone would be the beginning of a new form of understanding things.
The notion of breaking something down in order to create something completely new is actually nothing new and has been locked into our children from early on. Right from destroying a sandcastle only to make another, to breaking apart some of the lego in the lego box only to join up a few others to make something completely different is normal for a child. Now it has been extended to something on a whole other level. The internet is now that place where ideas are broken apart the moment they enter cyber space. The origin or original state of anything is unknown and for most is unimportant. The only thing that people truly want to know is what to make of it next. True creativity.
This completely transcends any notion of building children as followers and adherers to schools of thought. And yet, this drive to fit in and be ‘normal and usual’, may actually create quite a clash as the years pan out. This should detract however from the pure drive to enable children to continue to expand their mind, and to let it continue for a life long period.
In a rather strange turn of events, the internet in fact make the ‘visually perfect’ possible, but very quickly as our attention gets distracted, and we almost innately want something different, it forces these very things to disintegrate before our eyes to end up as something else (through our actions online that is). So the question is, why do we want to do this, and secondly what is it that brings us always back to some forming kind of order.
I do think there is a saturation point our minds can handle that forces are to consolidate the bring things together. The interesting thing is that that point is different depending on the person. This then begs the question for the teacher, should we stop the child fragmenting the information at any point or let them continue until they have managed to form something for themselves?
Well we all have restrictions in time, so good teachers usually follow this. Letting the child to play for as long as they can until they start forming something is a dream situation, but then again, that child could end up being in a permanent state of deconstructing instead of forming anything of any substance. But lets consider that this may be something too. Perhaps this person is onto something but just can’t get it in any kind of order ….yet.
The great thing about people (and I say this with all my years of experience), I do believe that children grow up to be what they were meant to be. If there is someone as an adult who says ‘if I’d only had the chance to….’, the probability is that even if they did have the chance, they may not have had the fibre to do it. Dreams are no easier to reach today than they were 100 years ago. The laws and rules are different, yes, but the capacity of the individual hasn’t changed. The only thing that has truly changed is the ability for someone to be much more truly authentic to themselves publicly.
Integrating ‘disintegration and the power of it as a creative tool for learning’ is no easy task, but I do think more of the early childhood learning that goes on needs to be somehow assimilated into all our life long structured learning. The internet is forcing us to be aware of it, now tomorrows schools need to incorporate it more also.