I’ve been watching the first season of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (thank you, Netflix). My kids love it. The show stands up pretty well. The theme song is damn catchy.
Did you know that William Henry “Bill” Cosby, Jr. earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts? It’s a fact.
What can we learn from the gang’s stories?
- Effective learning should be relevant and take into consideration the learners’ contexts. Learning is highly situational. The Gang learned on their terms, on their turf.
- Media can be an effective tool for learning. The Brown Hornet cartoon-within-a-cartoon bumbling superhero episodes were short, brilliant, engaging learning-bytes and conversation starters.
- Learning is social.
- A song or 2 can always help. People learn in different ways, and let’s not forget what the arts can teach us.
- The show is built around the power of experiential learning. Cosby guides the gang through Kolb’s model of concrete experience, reflection, abstract conceptualization and active experience.
- Learning can be fun. “And if you’re not careful, you might learn something before you’re done.”