"Every teenager has a spark — something inside that is good, beautiful, and useful to the world. Sparks illuminate a young person's life and give it meaning and purpose."
John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4'x5' plywood board -- and lets his 4th-graders solve them.
The genius of this school is not in a program, it's not in the laptops, it's in the learning. It's in teachers designing learning that they know will work for kids ... and they have the space and the time and the autonomy to do it.
"In a floating village in the middle of the sea that has not an inch of soil, the kids loved to watch football but had nowhere to play or practice. But they didn't let that stop them."
With all of the horrible things we've learned through the Internet about suffering in our world lately, this is a video about the simple, powerful joy of people around the world singing together.
From Niraj Chag: There was a season when my steps were unwavering Within me was this ocean That would repair and cure me of all my pains But at the passing of time I am no longer certain of my hearts integrity The days of my youth Now only an abstract memory Is my essence... Continue Reading →
From 90˚W. Video: An idea is a curious thing. It can be hard to find, and then suddenly appear. It can be simple or complex, big or small. An idea can come from anywhere, and go anywhere. And once you have an idea, the real fun begins. http://vimeo.com/20106883 By 90˚W. Video and Bad Dog Pictures.... Continue Reading →
From Kima via Cooperative Catalyst: "Today, I watched a profoundly disturbing film. It completely shattered my view of education as a progressive force in the world. Even if the system in place is seriously outdated, I never really questioned the intrinsic value of education as a way out of poverty, as a way to move... Continue Reading →
It seems that I am very late to this party. I've been watching the 2007 South Korean drama, Coffee Prince, on Hulu. It's the story of about a dozen people — from three generations — in a Seoul neighborhood who come together to renew a failing cafe and who actually renew each other. As with... Continue Reading →