Last fall during a stop in Los Angeles promoting his latest book Fire in the Ashes, education activist Jonathan Kozol spent some time discussing the impact of school design and environment on children.
Lene Jensby Lange, Autens's insight:
Still more evidence that design matters. Which is easy to establish when you look at what automatically happens to human interaction and activity in different settings - just imagine a typical conference hall vs a cafe vs a tech workshop area.
What a wonderful approach to learning - and to letting learners open a range of new doors that school would never think about. And the learning spaces are carefully and unconventionally designed to be an interactive and flexible tool in the hands of the learners for creating the exact environment that support whatever activity you set up. That's how we like it ;-)
(Breakthrough time makes me send warm thoughts to Danish SFO's - afternoon clubs at schools - for also encouraging and making room for student-initiated interest- and talentbased projects. Imagine the future activity lessons in the new DK school reform being inspired by this!)
Clarie Amos, deputy principal at Hobsonvilles Point Secondary School, describes the landscape of educational transformation from one end of the spectrum. Many schools still hold on to industrial age kinds of schooling, and many quite successfully so according to PISA and other forms of measurement. The problem is according to Claire that the wrong things are being measured and that the model of school needs to change as profoundly as have other sectors of society. Change is happening rapidly and schools need to take part and let our children develop the skills and competences needed for our day and time. We have no knowledge of the future, yet we have a lot of imagination that we can use to both guide us, lead and impact our shared future.
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Lene Jensby Lange, Autens's insight:
What if the purpose of education was to lead happy and healthy lives as children and adults? Logan left the school system at 9 by his parents choice to hack his own education in which he takes advantage of his friends, family, the local community, internships etc to explore the world and what can be learned from it - with his curiosity and love for learning as the driving force.
Pasi Sahlberg shares his insights in Finland's educational success. The collaborative, determined approach system-wide from policy level, research, and teacher education to professionals in schools is an example to be inspired by. My recent visit to Helsinki at schools and Helsinki University's department for teacher education quite clearly displayed this fact - very close collaboration, huge mutual respect. All are in the same boat trying to do their best from their respective positions, in clear recognition that everyone is important to make the boat sail proudly in the right direction - forward! As one big educational network.
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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