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Finding Our Footing After Superstorm Sandy

  Last Monday I decided to invest ten or fifteen minutes out of our forty-nine minutes of instruction to reconnect. Sandy changed us all. The students have varying reactions. Some were impacted minimally. They aren’t aware of the outside world beyond what impacts them directly and they only lost internet for twelve hours. Which was … Continue reading

Mentorship in Democratic Learning Environments

This morning I sat in on a meeting to discuss the beginning of this years mentor program at The Free School. Sixteen students from grades 5 through 8 are eligible to take a younger student as their mentee for the year. I can recall the various mentoring I’ve participated in from high school through college. … Continue reading

My Vision for Urban Education (Guest Post by Mark Naison)

I am extremely critical of current trends in education policy which involve deluging schools with standardized tests and rating teachers, administrators and whole institutions based on test result. Such policies result in school disengagement on the part of students, destroy teacher morale, and magnify health problems in poor and working class communities by crowding out … Continue reading

The Mars problem

We operate schools that used biased means to “identify” and separate out the scientists and astronauts we need to colonize and terraform Mars. We need schools that knit together the communities that will lift up and let go of the all the people going there. We operate schools that enable total war. We need schools … Continue reading

Shackles!

Kids in America, by and far, have no choice but to go to school; it is COMPULSORY.  While there, they have no choice but to have adults TEACH them every thing they need to know … on the TEST.  The kids quickly lose interest and find themselves wishing they were somewhere else, anywhere but here.  … Continue reading

Utter Failure of Original Intent

Please don’t think this unfair, but our schools do not know how to adapt to the ever-changing needs of learners.  Sure, some teachers are exceptionally dedicated.  And, yes, schools continue, in a round about way, to meet their basic intent.  Basic intent?  What is that?  Ask Catherine the Great.  Science, English, math, social studies, and … Continue reading

What is Conscious Community in the Field of Education (and Parenting)?

Community is created by individuals who share common values. Conscious community means that the well-being of the consciousness of all constituents is the highest priority. Implied is that nourishing consciousness leads to the best possible outcomes of all community members. What do most educators know about a child’s consciousness? Given my 30 years of engagement … Continue reading

Democracy, community, evidence

Through one of our fora, Coöp members have been sharing ideas about cross-posting back and forth between CoöpCatalyst and our personal blogs. To further that discussion and invite the broader Coöp community to join in it, I thought I would cross post part of a recent Classroots.org piece on principles of school funding. …considering our … Continue reading

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