hey guys..we need your expertise/wisdom/insight…
please. and thank you kindly.
1. what we’re seeking specifically is a list of or info on uni’s that currently accept alternative means for admission, ie: eportfolios, etc.
2. and then i guess too, is #1 even a good question.
what’s going through our minds just now:
many people are doing cool things in ed.
most people are afraid to.
it appears their fears are mostly related to risk involved in changing course. (which we believe is a greater risk, no?)
so say – we have a means for all (true nclb) to be successful in life.
and we want to convince people to give it a go. seems (at least in our brains right now) that accountability/acceptance/validation measures are the big roadblocks. top questions that usually dampen the energy of the cool things happening in ed:
1) what about the mandated standardized tests (that drives a lot of hours in the day)
2) what about college admissions (that drives a lot of our standardized tests)
i’m currently reading the personalized highschool – where they showcase about 8 schools doing accountability via eportfolio.
i listened to Gary Stager last night talk about working with the maine youth center project – he said this:
these kids tried to keep journals, eportfolios, but these kids were deeply damaged.. so decided – every morning make a to do list.. at end of day take a picture of what you did and that’s your documentation.
he used the term detox – yeah.. detox
the documentation interfered with that they wanted to do – the meaningful stuff
kids were keeping secret portfolios – if it was their idea it was ok – Gary said his mantra is – less us more them
first quarter in the lab we did a round-about way to bypass grades. more like a check in. i wanted them to have space to self-construct.
because of some of their revelations, we are asking each one in the lab to find/clear one person to give them their grade 2nd quarter. (we have to have grades – one reason we’re going for a connected adjacency next year.)
seems accountability is not only what is keeping people from moving forward but it is the one thing that is watering down potential.
could it be so simple as a daily to do list? how do we convince college admissions to buy in to alternative measures? is that a good focus of our energy now?
i know a group at our local uni that i join weekly talks about how they can’t run a class like they want because by the time the kids get there – they need so many rules to get things done. this need for rules/instructions we think is a by-product of the standardized tests and college admissions process.
what do you, dear friends, think/know/believe?…