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Links 1 through 10 of 179 by Evelyn Rodriguez tagged education

[Marie Couvant:] Though parentless as a child, childless as a woman, and unable to read or write, she became a patron for orphans and literacy. An African woman’s desire to establish a school for people with African ancestry in the ante-bellum south seemed unthinkably radical. Still, her last will and testament proffered such an institute at Dauphine and Touro for the “colored orphans of the Faubourg Marigny.” Throughout its history under various names such as the Catholic School for Indigent Orphans, Couvent Institute, Holy Redeemer, and Bishop Perry Middle School, the corner of Touro and Dauphine in Faubourg Marigny has educated children of African descent since 1848. Currently, it is the site of the St. Gerard Majella Alternative School.

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Pop-up schools. Offer alternatives to the regular school day and credit-bearing courses through through pop-up neighborhood and/or storefront schools that function like intensives or coder dojos – brief, immersive experiences that count for credit and seat-time and graduate students who have mastered core literacies, competencies, and skills in interdisciplinary courses like “The history of science we will never teach you in school,” “Coding the classics: Bronte Bots,” or “Geo-rectifying fiction: where is Hogwarts?” Make alternative educational opportunities a routine part of the school year, provide access and transportation to all kids, and create demand for change in the status quo through student and parent demand for more educational opportunities like these at school. Sanction, sponsor, and staff the kinds of learning maker spaces, media centers, and museums currently do better than schools.

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Students weren’t asked their input. When they re-imagined the school as an open space, they never consulted the students on what they were looking for.
There was no paradox. There were no half-walls creating standing spaces. There was no differentiation of space created by smaller rooms with large windows. There was no sense that maybe walls can play a role in some places and spaces.
For what it’s worth, I think open spaces could work: spaces with gardens, exploratory science spaces, places with empty canvases, comfortable seating spread around with the potential to work online, small study group spaces, spaces in the community for service learning. However, it has to include variety, with the potential for some walls (physically and socially). It has to include input from students. It has to be holistically open.

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Q Let’s begin with a book that’s sold more than a million copies since it was first published in 1963. Please tell us about How Children Fail.

A This was a revolutionary book. In it John Holt talks about why students turn off their minds, why even students from privileged backgrounds and schools become intellectually numb. Why do they fail? His answer is because they're afraid. They're afraid of disappointing people. They’re afraid of being wrong. Then he asks: Why does this happen? Because people and schools sit in judgement of them. The reason I love this book is that this fear of failing, disappointing and being wrong is at the core of the “fixed mindset”. I read this book in graduate school and it really helped set me on my path. It fed my desire to discover the psychology behind vulnerability and its opposite, resilience.

Intelligence for him was not about the kinds of abilities we measure or about school achievement.... He was equating intelligence with a growth mindset.

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It is among the commonplaces of education that we often first cut off the living root and then try to replace its natural functions by artificial means. Thus we suppress the child's curiosity and then when he lacks a natural interest in learning he is offered special coaching for his scholastic difficulties. - Alice D. Miller

The public school has become the established church of secular society. - Ivan Illich

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Friends, yes, I know, this is a biased sampling of quotations! I have deliberately selected quotations that complain about the compulsory, standard system of schooling. But, I challenge you. Develop a list this long of quotations supporting compulsory schooling and see if the authors you quote rank close to these authors in creativity.

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...the new breed of tech start-ups will likely start by working in the unregulated private sector, where they’ll build what amounts to a parallel higher education universe. A few weeks after returning from the West Coast, I watched Eren Bali spend two hours in a Washington, D.C.-area conference room listening to government officials, regulators, and representatives of for-profit higher education corporations discuss the morass of accreditation rules and federal regulations that make it hard for entrepreneurs to compete directly with traditional schools. Finally, Bali raised his hand and politely said, in effect, I don’t understand why any of this matters. I can go online right now and get everything I need to learn—courses, textbooks, videos, other students to study with—for free. And if I need to know what someone else has learned, I can look at their Linked-In profile or their blog to find out.

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After all, it’s easier to fix a child by giving him a bottle of pills than to actually attempt to fix the bureaucratic, factory-like conditions that exist in public schools./
I left school at the age of 17 after deciding that I’d had enough of my school district’s attempts to forcibly shift my attention toward the classroom, and away from my independent studies. This didn’t happen because of human evils, but because of old, rigid systems that have yet to bend and break under the pressure of progress.

One of the arguments in favor of schooling that I hear most frequently is that the diversity of curricula changes the way students view the world - it exposes them to things they never would have explored otherwise, and it’s the perfect recipe for a well-rounded individual. While that sounds great on paper, it is an obsolete notion. In the information age, exposure to new ideas is inevitable. The diversity of ideas being shared online and in the real world far exceeds the diversity of a s

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The funky Factoria Joven (“youth factory”) skate park in Merida, Spain opened this past March. Since then, energetic teens have been biking, skating, climbing on and around the undulating curves and brightly-colored structures of the inviting and inventive complex, designed by Madrid-based SelgasCano Architects.

The concept was first introduced in 2006 by Carlos Javier Rodríguez Jiménez, a physical education teacher who studied the humanization of urban spaces, and four collaborators.

In addition to the outdoor features, the building houses a computer lab and a dance studio, as well as meeting rooms and spaces used for for street theater, video and electronic music, and even graffiti. We hope American urban planners and educators will see this and take note.

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Hands-on youth green microeconomy.

Commenter wrote:

Barry Moosenhung
Aug 6 2012: I can only echo the preceding comments, WOW!! Stephen you and your kids are a testament to what a good education should look like. No teaching to a pointless standard test. But teaching to learn and grow (on many levels I might add!) as a person with value and hope.

With one simple idea and ton's of love and energy you have:
1. Greened a concrete desert
2. Brought an enthusiasm and love for learning
3. Reduced your carbon foot print
4. Produced and consumed locally
5. Taught and provided a healthy diet
6. Enriched the lives of children
7. Provided employment and self worth
8. Encouraged and demonstrated the value of giving back
9. And raised the bar for all of us! Thank you!!

You and your story remind me of the 1967 movie with Sidney Poitier.
To Sir, with Love

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Our education system today can be better. It’s not relevant enough, engaging enough, or, most importantly, accessible enough.

We need a place where everyone can freely teach and learn—where we can invent new ways of educating, and refresh the best of the past.

That’s what we’re building at Lore. We aspire to augment existing education, and push forward its future.

Imagine the possibilities.

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