Let Kids Rule School: The Independent Project at Monument Mountain Regional High School (Article/Video)March 15, 2011 at 10:42 am | Posted in AERO, AERO Online Video Series, Democratic Education | 1 Comment
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In a speech last week, President Obama said it was unacceptable that “as many as a quarter of American students are not finishing high school.” But our current educational approach doesn’t just fail to prepare teenagers for graduation or for college academics; it fails to prepare them, in a profound way, for adult life.
We want young people to become independent and capable, yet we structure their days to the minute and give them few opportunities to do anything but answer multiple-choice questions, follow instructions and memorize information. We cast social interaction as an impediment to learning, yet all evidence points to the huge role it plays in their psychological development.
That’s why we need to rethink the very nature of high school itself.
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Alfie Kohn keynote address at the 2011 MAAP Conference in Duluth, MN on Feb. 24, 2011
Alfie Kohn wrote the foreword to AERO’s new book, Turning Points.
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What You Don’t Teach is Killing Our Children: The Truth about Environmental Education
Don “Four Arrows” Jacobs
We think the little bit of mainstream education has informed us about sustainability issues in our world, but it is unlikely. As a result, education, both mainstream and alternative, continues to create environmental illiteracy. Or, even when it exists, our consciousness is so utterly programmed by a counter-environmental ethic, our curriculum is generally inadequate to make the changes needed for human survival.
Four Arrows is a professor at Fielding Graduate University and author of sixteen books, including The Authentic Dissertation: Alternative Ways of Knowing, Research and Representation(Routledge, 2008) and Unlearning the Language of Conquest(University of Texas Press, 2006) in addition to invited chapters forEducation as Enforcement: The Militarization and Corporatization of Schooling and Battleground Schools. He has doctorates in both health psychology and in Curriculum and Instruction, with a specialization in Indigenous worldviews.
Find out more about this year’s conference, “Transforming Education & Our World” at www.educationrevolution.org/conference.html
Tags: Abdul-Malik Muhammad, AERO, aero 2010, aero 2011, AERO Conference, Alternative Education, Bhawin Suchak, Chloe Duff, Democratic Education, democratic schools, Educational Alternatives, Franzi Florack, Genie Canales, Gleamer Sullivan, Isaac Graves, Jerry Mintz, John Gatto, John Taylor Gatto, Khalif Williams, Kristin Diodonet, Mathew Davis, Ron Miller
This is a short film by Franzi Florack of the 7th annual AERO conference, which took place in Albany, NY June 24-27, 2010. The theme of the conference was “Learner-centered alternatives for everyone.” Find out more about AERO conference and this year’s event in Portland, OR, “Transforming Education & Our World,” by visiting www.educationrevolution.org/conference.html
Tags: AERO, AERO Conference, Democratic Education, democratic schools, IDEA, Institute for Democratic Education in America, Isaac Graves
I recently read through Education Week’s “Revisiting the Most Popular Stories of 2010” list and was generally disenchanted. This is not to say it’s a bad list, rather it didn’t represent my work and passions in democratic and alternative education. After a few days of jogging my memory, looking through a few ‘cheat sheets,’ and asking around I now present to you my ‘Best of Democratic Education’ list for 2010. I’ve organized the links into a few categories with no ranking system (I wouldn’t want Alfie Kohn to get mad).
Visit http://www.democraticeducation.com/2011/01/03/bestof2010/ for the list.
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One of our favorite schools:
www.upattinas.org for more info.
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The intentions of this workshop are to make a compelling case for an increased focus on school culture and other contextual aspects and to give participants practical tools to positively affect school culture.
Khotso Khabele grew up in Lesotho, Southern Africa and moved to the United States at age 12. He graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Economics. After college, he began a career in education as a high school science teacher. After teaching for a few years, he founded the Khabele School. As Director, he has is responsible for designing the educational methodology, overseeing the curriculum, managing the faculty, creating the student, teacher and parent training programs, and ensuring that the mission of Khabele is being fulfilled. He has led the school from nine students and a $110,000 budget to approximately 200 students and a $2.5 million budget, with a 5 building campus in downtown Austin, Texas. He is currently pursing a doctorate in Human and Organizational Development.
This workshop was held at the 7th annual AERO conference. Find out more about this year’s conference, “Transforming Education & Our World” at www.educationrevolution.org/conference.html
Tags: AERO, AERO Conference, Bill De La Cruz, John Taylor Gatto, Mara Afzali, Mathew Davis, Pat Farenga, The War on Kids, War on Kids
Below is a panel discussion on the film “The War on Kids.” Panelists included director Cevin Soling, John Taylor Gatto, Pat Farenga, Mathew Davis, Bill De La Cruz, and Mara Afzali.
Find out more about the 8th annual AERO conference, “Transforming Education & Our World” at www.educationrevolution.org/conference.html