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It was interesting because Irwin outed himself as an extreme introvert. (Thanks for sharing, Irwin!) I think it's important because Irwin always strikes me as someone who is not anxious to get his point out, but when he does speak it's insightful and interesting. (Sometimes I get anxious that we won’t hear from him.) I guess my point is that it's not as if he's shy or has nothing to say. Cain distinguishes shyness (from introversion) as fear of social judgment. So I'm thinking about my *shy* students compared to those who are *quiet*. Irwin also underscores Cain's observation that in the U.S. there's a bias toward volubility. (I loved how Vanessa shared her inner-thought experiences in high school being so preoccupied with when to "jump in" the conversation, she was barely listening to what was said.) So what kind of values have we internalized and what are we unwittingly reproducing? And what is the loss?
Nikki's post picks up on this bias: In the business world, there’s such a value put on group work and collaboration. But there it may actually work. Nikki observes, “although employers do require ridiculous amounts of team work (as cited in the Groupthink article), it is those companies which allow their workers autonomy and creativity that are cited as some of the best places to work and are consequently some of the most successful companies in their respective fields.”
As educators, are we hoping to replicate the corporate success of groupthink and its success and incorporating autonomy, etc.? If so how can we design better activities to glean the success and elide the traumatizing (re: Vanessa) or silencing (e.g., what if we didn't get to hear from Irwin?)
Nikki writes (and I'm adding all the emphasis): "... one big thing that jumps out at me is that last semester, my Community 2.0 project required students to work in groups in class, and then with others across classes. There was never a moment for independent work or contributions based on work done by an individual working in solitude. Everything had to be brainstormed, and everything had to be worked on in collaboration with team members. Students did not have the opportunity to sit in class, or go home, and take some time to tackle ideas on their own before sharing them with their groups.
I'm thinking about this this semester!