Post 3: Mindful Mentorships

Thursday, August, 30, 12 § 1 Comment

Our world cannot support the West’s consumption-based economic systems, to say nothing about the spiritual emptiness they manufacture. Reconstruction of our economic systems desperately calls for experimentation with models of service delivery, product creation, and consumption that more deeply resonate with evolved human values. In Seth’s August 23rd posting, Education and the New Economy, he suggests an apprenticeship model of learning that would partner with professionals who think about a triple bottom line composed of people, profits, and the environment. I would like to push the conversation a little further, and think about what sort of learning environment is needed to help learners think critically about the strengths and ills of culture and economy. « Read the rest of this entry »

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Post 2: Education and the New Economy

Thursday, August, 23, 12 § 2 Comments

Recently I’ve begun thinking less about education and more about economics. For one, the Western economic model seems to be failing, which, as I stand over my daughter’s crib at night, is a bit terrifying. Second, I just reread Schooling in Capitalist America, and was struck by economists Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis’ compelling case that true school reform cannot happen without economic reform. « Read the rest of this entry »

Post 1: Where Genuine Learning Happens

Thursday, August, 16, 12 § Leave a comment

In the summer of 2011, Aaron Stern, president and founder of the Academy for the Love of Learning, in Santa Fe, NM, offered me the sort of opportunity that doesn’t come around often.

As part of his Academy’s mission to “reawaken our culture” by transforming people’s lives, Stern wants to help the community of Santa Fe reconsider the way it schools its youth. And he wanted me to do some preliminary research.

“Take some time to look around,” he told me. “See what sorts of interesting models of learning are out there.” « Read the rest of this entry »

Profile: El Nido and El Atelier

Friday, August, 10, 12 § Leave a comment

Children as protagonists and teachers as learners: two learning centers in Colombia inspired by the groundbreaking pedagogy of Reggio Emilia.


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Profile: Willow Wind Community Learning Center

Wednesday, August, 1, 12 § Leave a comment

From Ashland, Oregon, a school for and by homeschool families, where learning stays in the hands of its most important stakeholders: the children.

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Profile: Sudbury Valley School

Wednesday, August, 1, 12 § 1 Comment

The well-known “democratic” or “free” school in Massachusetts, where kids choose their own curriculum – or none at all.

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Profile: Waldorf Charter Schools

Wednesday, August, 1, 12 § Leave a comment

An inside look at the holistic alternative educational model that has survived the test of time, and is now spreading into the public school system in the United States.

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