Turning Points: 27 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Stories

June 16, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Posted in AERO, Education News, Education Revolution E-News | Leave a comment
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Turning Points

Turning Points

Turning Points:

27 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Stories

Edited by Jerry Mintz & Carlo Ricci

Foreword by Alfie Kohn

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Contributors Include:
Sharon Caldwell, Riane Eisler, John Taylor Gatto, David Gribble, Yaacov Hecht, Helen Hegener, Matt Hern, Helen Hughes, Don “Four Arrows”Jacobs, Mark Jacobs, Herbert Kohl, Mary Leue, Dennis Littky, Deborah Meier, Chris Mercogliano, Ron Miller, Jerry Mintz, Pat Montgomery, Susan Ohanian, Kirsten Olson, Wendy Priesnitz, Carlo Ricci, Tim Seldin, Herb Snitzer, Len Solo, Lynn Stoddard, and Zoe Weil

What was your schooling like?
When did you realize that there is a need for an alternative approach?
What have you done since to help realize that vision?
What are you doing now?

Twenty seven visionaries in education have answered these questions and more!

Turning Points is a collection of stories about education from those who have dared to do things in different ways. The common theme behind all of the contributors’ stories is that mainstream schooling needs to be transformed—how we think about and implement education, learning, and teaching needs to change.

This book is about celebrating and understanding the diversity of possibilities in the hopes that people will be inspired to act. It’s about showing what can be done. By bringing together a wide range of alternative mainstream schoolers, homeschoolers/unschoolers/life learners, free and democratic schoolers, Montessori and Waldorf schoolers, we hope that we can learn from each other, and that you as readers will be inspired enough to join in, in whatever ways you feel will make the greatest difference within your context.

This book is a call for social change, a call to help us move toward hope and history and away from determinism. We trust that the conversation will continue.

“The teacher would often lock me in the shed, as punishment for my behavior . . . I felt that there surely must be a better way to educate children. A way without dark sheds, without arbitrary punishment, and with respect. I didn’t know then, that I would devote most of my adult life to the search for this way.”
—Yaacov Hecht

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