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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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The Danger of Back to School

The Danger of Back to School | Alternative education | Scoop.it
Children’s Mental Health Crises Plummet in Summer and Rise in the School Year
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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

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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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No_NAPLAN.pdf

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NAPLAN: standardized tests by any other name...

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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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6 Ways To Make Sure You Don't Hate Your Life And Actually Enjoy It And Stuff

6 Ways To Make Sure You Don't Hate Your Life And Actually Enjoy It And Stuff | Alternative education | Scoop.it
This is basically the best life advice in the history of the universe.
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The Solution to a Bad Guy With a Test Is a Good Guy With a Test

The Solution to a Bad Guy With a Test Is a Good Guy With a Test | Alternative education | Scoop.it
Arne Duncan demonstrates a breathtaking lack of awareness about the effects of Race to the Top (RTTT). Far from being chastened by what is going on in schools around the country, the Secretary is doubling down on his test-driven offensive.
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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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Teenagers – you can quit school and still get a good education!

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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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Seven sins of forced education | The Circle School

Seven sins of forced education | The Circle School | Alternative education | Scoop.it
Highly recommended   Children are biologically predisposed to take charge of their own education. So says psychologist Peter Gray in his recent
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The emotional abuse of our children: Teachers, schools, and the sanctioned violence of our modern institutions.

I want to start this article by doing a little thought experiment. Imagine for a moment that you are in a group of twenty people.
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