Let Kids Rule the School

The students in the Independent Project are remarkable ... because they demonstrate the kinds of learning and personal growth that are possible when teenagers feel ownership of their high school experience.

Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education

From TED Talks: Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize... Continue Reading →

The power of Quora

"On Quora you can subscribe to topics, specific answers or people.  You’re alerted when people follow you, when the create new questions in your topic area and when new people have answered the questions you’re following. And the system is really quite smart.  First, it has DIGG like voting mechanism where you can vote up... Continue Reading →

A month inside walled gardens

I know the pendulum spirals between "information wants to be free" and "information want to be expensive" and I think we come out at a more expansive level most of the time. It's just that the exclusionary approach makes me nervous.

Singing Hearts from Intrepid Teacher

"A few days ago I started reading The Last Child in the Woods. It sparked in me a sense of panic and guilt about the amount of time my daughter spends outdoors connecting to nature, getting fresh air, and exploring. I decided I wanted us to begin exploring our surroundings together. Even if our immediate... Continue Reading →

What’s the point of journalism school?

"If there's one thing a journalism school expects of its students, it is the ability to pose a tough question. "Orion de Nevers, a freshman at the University of Southern California, serves up this one: Why would anyone major in journalism at all?" Excerpt from NPR My comment: Journalism is (finally) being decoupled from newspapers... Continue Reading →

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