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Best Practices for Raising Kids? Look to Hunter-Gatherers

Best Practices for Raising Kids? Look to Hunter-Gatherers | Alternative education | Scoop.it
Hold them, share them, let them run free. Jared Diamond on why the traditional way of raising kids is better than ours.
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A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned

A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned | Alternative education | Scoop.it
The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she de...
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Why Daydreaming is Critical to Effective Learning

Why Daydreaming is Critical to Effective Learning | Alternative education | Scoop.it
Daydreaming and playing are crucial to develop the kind of creativity many say should be a focal point of a modern education system.
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An update from Greenfield Ted Prize Lab. – School in the Cloud

An update from Greenfield Ted Prize Lab. – School in the Cloud | Alternative education | Scoop.it
School in the Cloud allows learning to happen anywhere by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and ability to work together in Self Organized Learning Envrionments.
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A Thousand Rivers

A Thousand Rivers | Alternative education | Scoop.it
What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning. photo by Wade Davis by Carol Black The following statement somehow showed up on my Twitter feed the other day: “Spontaneous reading ...
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My Wish for This Year's Kindergarteners

My Wish for This Year's Kindergarteners | Alternative education | Scoop.it
The nation's five-year-olds will file into their schools soon, their faces so young and sweet and innocent. I hope their year is filled with enough happy moments to fill those cute and somewhat overlarge backpacks they proudly carry....
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8 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids

8 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids | Alternative education | Scoop.it
The purpose of teaching mindfulness to our children is to give them skills to develop their awareness of their inner and outer experiences, to understand how emotions manifest in their bodies and to recognize when their attention has wandered and to ...
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Subversive education

Subversive education | Alternative education | Scoop.it
Noam Chomsky on Wednesday joined Bruno della Chiesa, a visiting lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, in an Askwith Forum covering the legacy of the radical Brazilian educator Paulo Freire (1921-1997) and his 1968 book, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed.”
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An Educated Person

"Don't you think there are things that every educated person should know?" I hear this fairly often, generally in response to my stated disinterest in having Common Core standards in particular and...
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School starting age: the evidence | University of Cambridge

School starting age: the evidence | University of Cambridge | Alternative education | Scoop.it
In England children now start formal schooling, and the formal teaching of literacy and numeracy at the age of four.  A recent letter signed by around 130 early childhood education experts, including myself, published in the Daily Telegraph  (11 Sept 2013) advocated an extension of informal, play-based pre-school provision and a delay to the start of formal ‘schooling’ in England from the current effective start until the age of seven (in line with a number of other European countries who currently have higher levels of academic achievement and child well-being).
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The Case For Abolishing Homework In American Schools

The Case For Abolishing Homework In American Schools | Alternative education | Scoop.it
This is a teen-written article from our friends at Teenink.com. A young girl sits at her desk, reviewing her homework assignments for the evening.
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A New framework for Working and Learning | Lefty Parent

A New framework for Working and Learning | Lefty Parent | Alternative education | Scoop.it
For many of us the rules of engagement at work are changing, from the traditional approach of being told what to do by “bosses”, to a new more egalitarian
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Education: Class Dismissed

Education: Class Dismissed | Alternative education | Scoop.it
It's every modern parent's worst nightmare—a school where kids can play all day. But no one takes the easy way out, and graduates seem to have a head start on the information age. Welcome to Sudbury Valley.
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How movies teach manhood

How movies teach manhood | Alternative education | Scoop.it
When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of "Star Wars," he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.
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How Play Wires Kids’ Brains For Social and Academic Success

How Play Wires Kids’ Brains For Social and Academic Success | Alternative education | Scoop.it
Children learn their most important lessons on the playground, not in the classroom, researchers say.
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Op-ed: Abandon NCLB for student-centered schools model

Op-ed: Abandon NCLB for student-centered schools model | Alternative education | Scoop.it
A few people may be aware of what happens when you put a frog in cool water and gradually raise the temperature until the water is boiling. We are told the frog will not try to jump out until it’s too late. Boiling a frog is symbolic of something that has happened to our system of public education. It has happened so slowly people don’t realize it may be too ...
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Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten

Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten | Alternative education | Scoop.it
At Swiss Waldkindergartens, or forest kindergartens, children spend all of their school days playing outdoors, no matter the weather. Instead of math or literacy requirements, they focus on the social interaction and emotional well-being found in free play.
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Is Education as We Know it On its Way Out?

Is Education as We Know it On its Way Out? | Alternative education | Scoop.it
Unless you're an educator, you probably haven't heard predictions by thought leaders that the traditional school system is on its way out. More surprisingly, these predictions are being borne out by experiments where new learning models are being tri...
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Democratic schooling: teachers leave them kids alone

Democratic schooling: teachers leave them kids alone | Alternative education | Scoop.it
Imagine a school where the students have equal say with the teachers, principal and governors in all areas of school life. Their say is not limited to being school or house captain, prefect or a member…
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Game On: An Online Challenge to Gifted Students to Compete Globally

Game On: An Online Challenge to Gifted Students to Compete Globally | Alternative education | Scoop.it
Brilliant.org is an online hub for the world's most promising young minds to come together, connect, and see how they measure up against one another. Khim says she's already hearing that students are listing Brilliant on their college applications.
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How to Reach Reluctant Learners

How to Reach Reluctant Learners | Alternative education | Scoop.it
Nancy Barile, a high school language arts teacher, shares some practical tips she learned from a former student about helping seemingly unmotivated students.
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The Case For Abolishing Homework In American Schools

The Case For Abolishing Homework In American Schools | Alternative education | Scoop.it
This is a teen-written article from our friends at Teenink.com. A young girl sits at her desk, reviewing her homework assignments for the evening.
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Is School Enough? Documentary Film Delves In

Is School Enough? Documentary Film Delves In | Alternative education | Scoop.it
A documentary film airing on public television in September explores the incredible work that students can produce when their passions and interests drive learning.
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