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The Alternatives to Compulsory Education

I’ve been meeting with people over the past two years trying to find ways to connect and expand our different points of view about learning without compulsory institutions. Kirsten Olson, one of the founders of Cooperative Catalyst, was one of the people I reached out to, which is how I became part of this group. … Continue reading

Introducing IncitED: The Crowdfunding Community for Education

IncitED is the crowdfunding community for education where teachers and education supporters can fund, share, and replicate important education initiatives worldwide. Visit IncitED at http://www.incited.org. Like us on Facebook to get regular updates about how we’re supporting the work of educators: https://www.facebook.com/IncitEDTheCrowdfundingCommunityForEducation. During the last week of April, we’ll be launching two exciting campaigns: Open … Continue reading

The Fault/Power Paradox of Traditional Schooling

The student/teacher relationship where the teacher’s job is to maintain control and the student’s job is to submit to control is a pervasive characteristic of the traditional school paradigm, and I’d bet all of us have experienced it. Sometimes the exchange is subtle and involves the student feeling at fault for an unfair situation. One … Continue reading

Letters to Michelle Obama (Guest Post by Christopher Chase)

If you’re a teacher, student or parent with children in American public schools then you probably have some first hand knowledge of the problems that have been caused by well-meaning but inflexible “No child left behind” policies and the new emphasis on “one-size-fits-all” common core standards. It’s not that all aspects of these initiatives are … Continue reading

Why is Storytelling Important?

I’ve recently become a member of the Executive Committee of the ISTE Special Interest Group about Digital Storytelling (#SIGDS on Twitter) and we’re trying to reach out to increase our membership and to “learn, share and celebrate the art of digital storytelling for learning.” We’re beginning Tweetchats this week, Wednesday at 9:00 PM ET, with … Continue reading

Why I Won’t Be Neutral

Juan’s mom shows up, make-up smeared, holding his younger brother. My Spanish isn’t great, but I can understand the message. We’re going to Mexico. And if they don’t want us there, it’s back to El Salvador. His dad works construction while his son constructs sentences and equations and whatever else it takes to make a dream. Juan … Continue reading

level – equity

after reading – defense of childhood – and such..  perhaps we’re closer than we think.. Hans‘ thinking: [most of the following from ch 6 of Chris Mercogliano's In Defense of Childhood - the importance of solitude] 1400’s – renaissance Postman’s reasoning proceeds thus: childhood is a social construct, not a biological given. Childood as a distinct life … Continue reading

Changing Education (Guest Post by Youth Leader Arooj Ahmad)

The need for a change in education is evident. But what’s the practical solution? It is easy to point out the flaws of the current system, but it is much more difficult to come up with relevant, applicable solutions. And it is even more difficult for policy makers to bring about change. But it has … Continue reading

The Job of Teaching vs. The Role of Teacher: Daddy, I Need to Hear the Rhythm

Context: This past week, I was invited to be part of a panel discussion on a TVOntario public affairs program—The Agenda with Steven Paikin. The plan for the show was to discuss the job of teacher against the backdrop of recent tension with many of Ontario’s teachers around a legislated/imposed set of contracts. The response … Continue reading

krishnamurti – peace

One must look at all these expressions of violence and antagonism with an unprejudiced mind, that is, with a mind that does not identify itself with any country, race or ideology, but tries to find out what is true. There is great joy in seeing a thing clearly without being influenced by the notions and instructions of … Continue reading

Meaningful Education: Not an App, Not Rote

Pamela Paul has an opinion piece in today’s NYTimes about educational technology. She writes about “game-based learning” and characterizes “an underlying fear” that children won’t learn if it is not “superfun.” Her final thought is that students should play games (that is use technology,) “in their free time.. [O]nce they’re in the classroom they can challenge themselves. … Continue reading

Girl Rising – more reasons for hope!

Watching Girl Rising this past week, I realized how fortunate we are to have an educational system that we care enough about to argue over and make sacrifices for. It also gave me hope (following reposted from my blog). On International Women’s Day I wrote about how being involved with Teen Tech Girls and Women Learning Tech gives … Continue reading

a raised eyebrow

a raised eyebrow partial freedom is no freedom. – krishnamurti

UnBored Board Games

My students are spending the entire week filling out bubbles in an effort to prove their mastery of reading, writing and math. I slip into the role of a gentle drill sergeant, giving them the death stare when they can’t sit still for three hours. The upside of the testing week is that we have … Continue reading

One One Condition: Time Is Limited

This post also appears as a recent addition to the Canadian Education Association website. You’re walking along the beach—possibly on your spring break—and you happen upon a rather odd-looking object that was left behind by the receding tide. As you pull the object from the moist sand, releasing it from its net of seaweed and … Continue reading

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