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MBAs must focus on urban explosion - YouTube

In the next 35 years 2bn rural people will move to cities. Reuben Abraham of India’s IFDC Institute tells Della Bradshaw, FT business education editor, that MBAs must focus on the business opportunities of rapid urbanisation in developing countries.

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Homesteading: Bringing self-reliance back

Homesteading: Bringing self-reliance back | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
Kimberly Coburn, who founded The Homestead Atlanta, explains why 'old-school' is making a comeback with the modern homesteading movement.

 

Is there a difference in curriculum for a folk school in a city compared to one serving more rural regions? 


To be honest, that's something we'll have to see moving forward. For the most part, no — sustainability and the ability to care for yourself with aesthetic integrity are of equal value whether you're living on 20 acres or in a high-rise. Of course, certain concessions have to be made and alternative approaches explored to compensate for the lack of time and space facing most urban dwellers, but what is lost in land availability is made up for by availability of resources and community. If, for instance, you took a beginning blacksmithing class with The Homestead Atlanta and really wanted to continue learning, there are a surprising number of forges scattered across the city. One significant difference I've noticed between urban and rural regions in terms of this kind of education is that many of the lost arts were never entirely lost in rural areas. Plenty of people — whether by choice or necessity — maintain a "fix it up, wear it out, make it do or do without" ethic while urban culture seems increasingly dependent on the temporary and the disposable. All the more reason, then, to offer education where it's needed most.

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Do Early Outdoor Experiences Help Build Healthier Brains?

Do Early Outdoor Experiences Help Build Healthier Brains? | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

More natural environment can soften the blow of toxic stress in early childhood.

 

A growing body of primarily correlative evidence suggests that, even in the densest urban neighborhoods, negative stress, obesity and other health problems are reduced and psychological and physical health improved when children and adults experience more nature in their everyday lives. These studies suggest that nearby nature can also stimulate learning abilities and reduce the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and we know that therapies using gardening or animal companions do improve psychological health. We also know that parks with the richest biodiversity appear to have a positive impact on psychological well-being and social bonding among humans.

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Empowering girls through information, communication and technology

Empowering girls through information, communication and technology | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
If girls and women continue to live in greater poverty, with lower education levels, less access to healthcare and other services, less opportunity to work, and lower status in their societies, chances are that their access and use of ICT will not match that of boys and men.

Getting more girls into school and improving the quality of education could help more girls access and learn to use technology. Finding ways to encourage critical thinking and innovation within the education system and ways for girls to join extra-curricular activities to stimulate new ways of thinking could also help them gain skills for jobs in the ICT sector.

NGOs should advocate and support policies to make internet more accessible and affordable. Libraries and other safe spaces can also help girls and women feel more comfortable to access information and learn how to use technology.
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We are shaking the world with a new dream

We are shaking the world with a new dream | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

In Detroit, everything is in your face: (the following is taken from Margaret Wheatley’s invitation to the learning journey)


“Detroit is a place of stark and compelling contrasts and contradictions. Once the fourth largest city in America that glowed with the promise of industrialization, it is now an embodied prophecy of the post-industrial world, a world where:


  • citizens have been abandoned by their government and corporations
  • factories that employed tens of thousands of workers now lie in ruins
  • 1/3 of the land once filled with homes and neighborhoods is now grassy fields
  • public schools are shuttered and closed
  • drugs, high crime, and criminalization by the authorities plague youth and destroy their future


Like abandoned citizens everywhere, when people realize that no one is coming to help, the possibility of community arises. As people stop looking outside themselves and turn to one another, they discover the richness of resources to be found within themselves, their cultures and their land. Nowhere in the Western world is this discovery of community-as-resource more vibrant than in Detroit.”


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DVICE: Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction

DVICE: Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? Within five months, they'll start teaching themselves English while circumventing the security on your OS to customize settings and activate disabled hardware. Whoa.


Here's how it went down, as related by OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte at MIT Technology Review's EmTech conference last week:


"We left the boxes in the village. Closed. Taped shut. No instruction, no human being. I thought, the kids will play with the boxes! Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He'd never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village. And within five months, they had hacked Android. Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera! And they figured out it had a camera, and they hacked Android."

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Detroit’s Principles for a Prosperous City

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KARE Givers: Thinking, feeling and being in schools... by @graingered

... we need to look through a more empathic lens in attempting to understand not how people (kids) feel, but rather why what they feel (or not feel) makes them do the debilitating things they do. When teachers look through this altered lens they stop blaming the child for the problem, and start looking for other social and environmental factors that can erode empathy, including neglect and abuse.

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What Is This App Doing To My Kid’s Brain?

What Is This App Doing To My Kid’s Brain? | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

The amount of digital media exposure we’re getting, even among the tiniest infants, just keeps growing. Half of all children under the age of 8 have access to a touch-screen device, whether smartphone or tablet, at home, and half of infants under 1 year watch TV or videos--an average of almost two hours a day. The educational app field is seeing massive growth with 80% of educational apps in the iPad store targeted to young children. But research, says one expert, is lagging far behind practice.


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A City Education: Finding a Common Cause in Ending the Dropout Crisis - Education - GOOD

A City Education: Finding a Common Cause in Ending the Dropout Crisis - Education - GOOD | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

A City Year Los Angeles corps member kicks off her year working as a tutor and mentor in hopes of closing the achievement gap and ending the dropout crisis.


"...  after only a few weeks, City Year has already shown me that putting my ego aside and doing what's best to help my students learn is not an impossible task. Corps members before me have done it and corps members after me will do it, too. Next time someone asks me why I joined City Year, I might talk about my passion for education policy, but I'll add that why I joined is less important than what I’m doing right now to serve my students."

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Children of immigrants are coming out ahead of their peers, U.S. study finds

Children of immigrants are outperforming children whose family trees have deeper roots in the United States, learning more in school and then making smoother transitions into adulthood, according to sociologists.

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Do Early Experiences in the Natural World Help Shape Children’s Brain Architecture?

Do Early Experiences in the Natural World Help Shape Children’s Brain Architecture? | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

A growing body of primarily correlative evidence suggests that, even in the densest urban neighborhoods, negative stress, obesity and other health problems are reduced and psychological and physical health improved when children and adults experience more nature in their everyday lives. These studies suggest that nearby nature can also stimulate learning abilities and reduce the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and we know that therapies using gardening or animal companions do improve psychological health. We also know that parks with the richest biodiversity appear to have a positive impact on psychological well-being and social bonding among humans.


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Waitlist Purgatory: 472,000 California Community College Students Don't Have Classes

Waitlist Purgatory: 472,000 California Community College Students Don't Have Classes | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

For a nation that has a goal of having 8 million more college graduates by 2020, we sure do make it tough for students to get an education. Community college students in California looking to gain some new job skills or get some general education credits out of the way before transferring to a four-year university are having to put their dreams on ice due to massive class waitlists. According to an informal survey by the California Community Chancellor’s Office a whopping 472,349 students are currently waitlisted.

 

How did California's community college system, the largest in the nation, get to this point? Three years of budget cuts have gutted more than $809 million from an already cash-strapped system. That means scores of faculty members have been laid off, resulting in axed course sections. The number of class sections available is down 24 percent from the 2008-2009 school year and remaining classes are jam-packed and have lengthy waitlists.

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Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library | WebUrbanist

Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library | WebUrbanist | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

There are thousands of abandoned big box stores sitting empty all over America, including hundreds of former Walmart stores. With each store taking up enough space for 2.5 football fields, Walmart’s use of more than 698 million square feet of land in the U.S. is one of its biggest environmental impacts. But at least one of those buildings has been transformed into something arguably much more useful: the nation’s largest library.

 

A sprawling abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas has been transformed into the nation's largest public library, with self-check-out kiosks and an art gallery.

 

 

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Learning to Connect the Dots: Developing Children’s Systems Literacy

Learning to Connect the Dots: Developing Children’s Systems Literacy | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

How can can adults nurture children’s capacity to “connect the dots” through everyday conversations and activities? How can educators build an environment that leads children to see the patterns that make a difference? In this article, educator and writer Linda Booth Sweeney points out that thinking about systems means paying attention to the interrelationships, patterns, and dynamics that surround us – and that children are naturally attuned to this. In cultivating systems literacy, you build upon this natural understanding to help promote this integrated way of thinking for the children in your life.


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How can can adults nurture children’s capacity to “connect the dots” through everyday conversations and activities? How can educators build an environment that leads children to see the patterns that make a difference? In this article, educator and writer Linda Booth Sweeney points out that thinking about systems means paying attention to the interrelationships, patterns, and dynamics that surround us – and that children are naturally attuned to this. In cultivating systems literacy, you build upon this natural understanding to help promote this integrated way of thinking for the children in your life.

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City student overcomes the odds on his way to college

City student overcomes the odds on his way to college | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
Doors that Manuel Rosado never knew existed are now opening to him.


Manny - who dropped out of high school at 14 but now is a high-achieving student on track to be valedictorian of his class at Olney ASPIRA Charter School - was profiled in The Inquirer last month.


Since then, Manny has received an astonishing stream of kindnesses from people inspired by his story of determination, perseverance, and the power of education.


People have written notes, offered to mentor him, sent checks. An entire class of middle school students wrote to tell how proud they were of him. Most important, one family has offered to help him get through college.

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Apopka Family Learning Center

Apopka Family Learning Center is an inclusive community where children and families of all races, cultures, and walks of life are welcomed. We believe that family and community offer the best support system for healthy social, academic, civic, and ethical development. By offering educational opportunities to the entire family, we create families who value education, self-reliance, and community service.


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Students’ Own Interests Will Drive the School Day of the Future

Students’ Own Interests Will Drive the School Day of the Future | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

The U.S. Department of Education has a clear vision of what the future school day should be.


There will continue to be traditional classrooms, teaching unified subject matter, but the vast majority of students will also participate in new kinds of classes where they are physically co-located with other students in a room, but the courses they are taking will be highly diverse from each other. (...)


Students will also partner with adult professionals in the sciences, commerce, academics and government to work on interesting and productive learning projects. I think we will see students making substantial, novel contributions to the public and commercial spheres through these activities, in the form of art, science, literature, journalism, software and beyond. (...)


I grew up in a Montessori school that my parents founded, and a lot of the techniques employed in that school focused on independent learning. The teachers there support students to move as quickly or slowly as they want, while ensuring that every student can develop a range of skills. This kind of individual support for students will be even more relevant and wide-spread in 2020.


January 24, 2011 | By Tina Barseghian

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Oh, those telling eyes!

Oh, those telling eyes! | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

And the stories behind them…


They come in various sizes and attitudes – dressed, buttoned, tied, and tucked with hopeful fingers – walking to school on barefoot paths. Children from the townships in South Africa live in extraordinarily challenging environments, yet they convert those challenges into creativity wrapped in endless smiles. Each has the raw potential given any child at birth. Every face confirms that potential, building a world out of whatever they have – able to play and laugh and dream without limits. Their imaginations surpass their realities.


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Omega Center for Sustainable Living | Living Future

Omega Center for Sustainable Living | Living Future | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

The Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York provides innovative educational experiences that awaken the best in the human spirit. The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) is a wastewater filtration facility that is designed to use the treated water for garden irrigation and in a greywater recovery system, Omega uses the system and building as a teaching tool in its educational program designed around the ecological impact of its campus.


“Omega is thrilled to have crossed the finish line, and hopeful that projects like ours will mark a new era in sustainable design, one that reflects a truly integrated approach to creating built environments that are in harmony with the natural world.” - Skip Backus, CEO at Omega

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Pioneering a Holistic Promise for Cities – Next American City

Pioneering a Holistic Promise for Cities – Next American City | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

A program in Kalamazoo, Mich. offers free tuition for students to attend in-state colleges, so long as they promise to stay in the city. It’s a model that struggling smaller cities around the country may want to adopt.

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Students Become Immersed in History with Augmented Reality Games

Students Become Immersed in History with Augmented Reality Games | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

The next generation of learners will have access to an astounding array of tools -- including augmented reality games.


The interactionist view of game-based pedagogies holds a situated learner players with their own understandings, identities, and questions, and through interaction with the game system, develop along trajectories toward more expert performance.


Thus, educational games are systems of potential interactions (more or less) carefully orchestrated to guide user’s experience (and learning), with academic knowledge, skills, values, and identities developing as a result.


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Poverty and education: why school reform is vital

Poverty and education: why school reform is vital | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

The most important civil-rights battleground today is education, writes Nicholas D. Kristof, and the most crucial struggle against poverty is the one fought in schools.


Inner-city urban schools today echo the "separate but equal" system of the early 1950s. In the Chicago Public Schools (where a tentative agreement was just reached following a teachers' strike), 86 percent of children are black or Hispanic, and 87 percent come from low-income families.


Those students often don't get a solid education, any more than blacks received in their separate schools before Brown v. Board of Education. Chicago's high school graduation rates have been improving but are still about 60 percent. Just 3 percent of black boys in the ninth grade end up earning a degree from a four-year college, according to the Consortium on Chicago School Research.


America's education system has become less a ladder of opportunity than a structure to transmit inequity from one generation to the next.

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Leong Kin Wai's curator insight, February 1, 2013 8:28 AM

The insight is done using the 4Cs thinking routine.

Something that seems close to the idea of reforming the school system is the idea of 'school choice', a voucher system that allows for children to be sent to another school with the voucher, the purpose being to push children from failing schools to better ones without moving house.

The concept that is important to note here is that the author is making mention not of school choice, but of reforming the school system in itself, which would be referring to reform of the hiring system of teachers.

The change here is in how I believe people can succeed and subsequently how some teachers say we do. I have felt before that regardless of who teachers, I am the only one held responsible. Now, while that statement still holds truth in who society might point the finger to, that teachers also have a responsibility in moulding the workers of tomorrow.

What I want to challenge here has something to do with the connection from the beginning with the idea of school choice. If the key idea is to rid of bad teachers, what about a system that may incentivise students to move to better schools by giving them the choice and means to do so?

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Empathy, Education, and Musical Chairs: brains are actually primed for both competition and cooperation

Empathy, Education, and Musical Chairs: brains are actually primed for both competition and cooperation | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

...As it turns out, however, recent scientific advancements in the field of neuroscience are showing that actually, these parents--and everyone else who believes that people are only inherently competitive--are wrong. Instead, human brains are actually primed for both competition and cooperation: which side of us emerges as more dominant is dependent on our culture....

 

But of course, right now, our culture does not nurture empathy and cooperation. Instead, in schools, our homes, in the media, and in every aspect of our lives, we value competition...

 

Multiple fields of scientific research, including neuroscience, primatology, evolutionary biology, cognitive ethology (the study of animal behavior in naturalistic settings), social psychology, and subfields in philosophy have produced enough evidence over the past two decades to confirm that our greatest hope for the future rests in understanding the real possibilities of human biology, and beginning to translate these findings into our culture (de Waal, 2009).

 

by Nadine Dolby

img via wikipedia


 


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The Education Gap and its Role in Persistent Unemployment | Planetizen

A new report by the Brookings Institution shows that unemployment in America's cities is being exacerbated by a lack of higher-educated workers.


Nate Berg describes a new report by the Brookings Institution that looks at the role that educational attainment and job requirements play in unemployment. "There are job openings in the U.S. But the people living near those jobs don't have the relevant education or training to get them...," says Berg. "The report...finds that the overall unemployment picture in metro areas gets a lot worse when the workforce's educational background doesn't match up with the requirements of employers."



Full Story: Education and Job Requirements: The Great Mismatch

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