We think that bundling kids into a class together so that the only people they ever interact with is other kids of exactly the same age, and adults of roughly the same age, is the very worst way to bring up healthy, adaptive, well-rounded children.
We also think this ultimately leads to a fractured society. The solution is intergenerational learning, just like the old days!
We also like to encourage peer-to-peer (P2P) learning & teaching because "You never really know, how much you know, until you need to teach it to someone else."
So we teach kids (and parents) how to teach other kids (and their parents). We think this is the best way to teach everyone. It creates a healthier learning culture and engenders much more constructive behaviour overall.
"Everyone lives in their own little bubble."
And this brings us to Bubbleosophy. Bubbleosophy, is the love of knowledge that comes from studying all kinds of bubbles (not just soap bubbles). In Bubbleology we study soap bubbles in order to better understand the world objectively.
In Bubbleosophy by contrast, we study all kinds of bubbles (thought bubbles, speech bubbles, ego bubbles, cultural bubbles, economic bubbles) in order to better understand our world subjectively. In this course we won't be studying
Bubbleosophy directly, however we will be using Bubbleosophy throughout the course as it just a smarter way to work in general. If you'd like to get your geek-on and read about Bubbleosophy's academic roots, the best thing to do is
google the german word: umwelt.
In Bubbleosophy, learning and teaching are seen as core life skills. Bubbleosophy is a "meta" layer that sits on top of Bubbleology so as to help kids learn about their own learning in a way that helps them learn how to teach others.
Often called metacognition in educational psychology, it is basically just a way of reflecting upon what we are learning as we are doing it. Metacognition has been shown time and time again to radically upgrade kids' ability to self-learn
and develop a deep love of learning throughout life. It is basically the Holy Grail of education. Other educators have developed tools to achieve moments of metacognitive learning here and there but Dr Froth was lucky in that he was
the first to realise that the notion that everyone lives in their own little bubble, presents the perfect foundation for an entire curriculum for kids to develop metacognition.
Throughout our course on Bubbleology, Dr Froth and his team will sprinkle in Bubbleosophy for fun, humour, and context framing. You can get started with your own kids now if you like, simply take any word that ends with an ~able
or ~ible suffix, and instead say it as ~bubble. So instead of saying "Are you feeling comfortable?" you can say: "Are you feeling comfort-a-bubble?".
By placing the noun "~bubble" on the end it helps to make subjective ideas more objective. Or as we like to say, it helps make emotional feelings more access-i-bubble and grasp-a-bubble. This is especially helpful for developing
emotional literacy and empathy.
Here are some other words from Dr Froth's Dictionary of Modern Bubbleosophy to help get you started with your own kids:
You get the idea.
There is a lot more to Bubbleosophy than just "Dr Froth's Dictionary" but playing with these words is a such a fun way of establishing the basic foundations for self-awareness, a dynamic self-sense, empathy and metalinguistics
(i.e. talking about talking, speaking about speaking and communicating about communication).
When we sprinkle in Bubbleosophy we will be doing so to remember that we each live in our own little bubble, and that helps us look out for one another. Later we can build upon this with ideas of "the shared commons" and other concepts that
are critical to healthy adolescent and adult development.
In line with this all of this educational philosophy, we sincerely encourage parents to sign up as fellow students and delight in the joy of learning Bubbleology & Bubbleosophy - making it a whole family learning experience.