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Great news. Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago just announced we’ll have an afternoon of programming for high school students. Bioneers is a national movement of people and organizations working on solutions inspired by nature. This November 1st-3rd marks the 2nd year Chicago has hosted a gathering. It’s an event of solutionaries, by solutionaries, for solutionaries. See the attached flier for more, or http://www.bioneerschicago.org
You’re not going to get into an argument when you say “our education system could do better.” For sure, reformers are trying their best and efforts are nearly everywhere. Most of the prevailing public school reform efforts tend to focus around longer days, narrower curriculum with more testing (think ‘test prep’ and route memorization) and holding teachers accountable based on the results of those tests.
Who are those efforts serving? Do the kids benefit?… Read more!
“If no pediatrician would deny that the healthiest adults spent their childhood rolling around in dirt, why obsess over keeping kids squeaky clean?”*
Learning happens in exploratory play. And it’s been going on for tens of thousands of years. It’s different than organized play. It’s play where kids have time to wander, to make up games, to use their imagination and to fall in love with the world around them.
So, what holds us back … Read more!
Even as we adults work individually to keep our own lives headed in the right direction, the world around us is in chaos. A polarized and paralyzed Washington D.C. can’t handle our runaway debt and stubborn unemployment. Globally, only climate change dwarfs the challenges of entrenched poverty and hunger. We have no idea what the world’s going to be like in ten years, let alone when your child retires in fifty or sixty years. The … Read more!
No matter where we turn, we’re fed news and information about all the world’s activities. TV, radio, magazine and the web, we’re connected. With a limited attention span, the headlines demand our attention and they bombard us with disturbing stories that cause concern: chronic unemployment and rising income inequality.
I like to skim through some of my favorite books, to remind me of useful thoughts I’ve forgotten. Touring Ogden International School’s new building last night inspired me to re-read The Third Teacher, 79 Ways to Use Design to Transform Teaching and Learning. As soon as I picked up the book, my mind began racing. Consider: A child entering 1st grade this fall will graduate college in 2030 and retire around 2065.
The world’s … Read more!
Education. While the word itself may not spark as much passionate debate as religion and politics, everyone has an opinion. Those opinions vary wildly, yet there’s one common theme: we can, and we must do better at educating children. Education is viewed as essential to “progress” and better lives. So, ideas for improvement are put forth. Sides are taken. Debates rage—ratcheted up as test scores arrive. What makes sense?
A two part interview with Little Green Pen’s Michelle Schaub with views on environmental education: http://www.littlegreenpen.blogspot.com/
And Sarah Davies of Unplug your Kids, wrote a review of one of the books I had mailed to her a few months ago:
I crashed the ISACS (Independent Schools Association of the Central States) conference the other day. Yes, I’m getting too old to sneak into events. I didn’t do it for the rubber chicken served at lunch, but to listen to Sir Ken Robinson.
A world-renowned expert in creativity, Sir Ken entertains. After the lunch and a follow up session with him, my cheeks hurt.
Google him and watch one of his videos at the TED conference. … Read more!
So much to cover, so little time…
Being a kid today is different than a generation ago. Between an increase in the amount of enrichment activities, organized sports, “screen” options (TV, video games, computers, phones) and homework, some kids suffer from increased pressure. The only thing there isn’t more of is time.
A lot of teachers I’ve spoken with feel the same way. They’re expected to cover a growing amount of material in a limited … Read more!