The New Era of Learning
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The New Era of Learning
The direction in which learning is going: personalized, self-directed, grounded in the real world, and blurring the lines between age groups, teachers/students, formal/informal, etc. It taps into people's instincts and desires for play, creativity and meaning. I'm hoping to eventually incorporate this content into a robust web site that will serve as a compendium on this topic.
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Boy who did not want to learn to read - Children of Summerhill 1998 - YouTube

This is a story of an alumnus of the Summerhill School, who did not learn to read and write in school, but later in life when he decided he really needed it.

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Reading and writing -- how fundamental are these skills, and does it really matter when you learn them? This fellow didn't attend any classes at Summerhill (where classes are optional) and could barely read and write when he left school at 15. He traveled the world for five years picking up odd jobs along the way (including serving as an English conversation instructor to Japanese scientists), and finally decided he needed to learn to read and write. So he got a dictionary and taught himself over the span of three months. He went on to get an economics degree and now travels the world working as an industrial consultant.

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Can Self-Directed Learning Work for Underprivileged Children?

Can Self-Directed Learning Work for Underprivileged Children? | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Student-centered learning has largely been the domain of middle class families. David Gribble found that less privileged children can thrive in these environments as well.
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The Rich Man's Dropout Club

The Rich Man's Dropout Club | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it

"In the five years since the billionaire investor Peter Thiel announced his eponymous fellowship, the project has assumed outsize social significance, as Mr. Gu discovered. Mr. Thiel’s outspoken nature and his view that the value of college is oversold have earned him both enemies and accolades.


For some, Mr. Thiel is a dangerous man, seeking to undermine a system that has proved the surest path to economic success for millions of Americans. For others, his ideas represent the future of American education, in which brilliant minds are freed from the convention of college and are encouraged to educate themselves on their own terms.

 

For Mr. Gu and other members of that first class of fellows, their experiences have been neither as dire nor as dramatically successful as observers on both sides predicted. While many fellows say they appreciate what college gave them, they also didn’t feel they needed a credential to pursue their dreams. And while they agree that dropping out isn’t the right choice for many students, they hope they’re proof that there’s not just one path to success."

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How English Spelling Hinders Learning

How English Spelling Hinders Learning | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it

The English language is great for puns, but terrible for learning to read or write.

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My latest article looks at how English spelling makes the language very inefficient for most children to learn to read and write (compared to most other languages), and puts a big burden on individuals and on society at large. The problem has been exacerbated by the push to get children started reading and writing at ever earlier ages, before most of them are developmentally ready to master such an irregular orthography.

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Can Schools Cultivate a Student’s Ability to Think Differently?

In order to develop creative individuals, children need environments that nurture their interests. Between standards and testing, how much of that are they getting at school?
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My latest article: an interview with author and professor Yong Zhao about how to develop the "entrepreneurial mindset" that will be essential in the future. He says we need a new education paradigm that blends the essential elements of democratic schools and certain types of project-based learning programs.

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Generation Hack

Generation Hack | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Cultivating a Hacker Mindset for a World without Limits.
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This team creates game-based tools that help children develop ""hacking, the new creative currency." (And interestingly, the team happens to be comprised of all women.)

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The Periodic Table Of How Kids Play

The Periodic Table Of How Kids Play | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
A former Frog designer visualizes the literature on the importance of play for fostering creativity in children.
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How do Unschoolers Turn Out?

How do Unschoolers Turn Out? | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Unschoolers weigh in on how their lives have evolved, including college, career, and overall happiness.
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My article about Peter Gray's survey of grown unschoolers. His conclusion: “The findings of our survey suggest that unschooling can work beautifully if the whole family, including the children, buy into it, if the parents are psychologically healthy and happy, and if the parents are socially connected to the broader world and facilitate their children’s involvement with that world. It can even work well when some of these criteria are not fully met.”

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Luba Vangelova on "An Introduction to Self-Directed Learning" - YouTube

An Introduction to Self-Directed Learning Self-directed learning -- education driven by what the student wants to learn -- is a concept that has been gaining...
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A presentation I recently gave about the hows, whys and wherefores of self-directed learning.

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We Don't Need No Education

We Don't Need No Education | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
As a growing movement of unschoolers believe, a steady diet of standardized testing and indoor inactivity is choking the creativity right out of our kids. The alternative: set 'em free.
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What learning without either a school or a curriculum looks like for one family in Vermont.

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This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like

This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
The Independent Project is a result of a high school student's mission to create a school where students would feel fully engaged, have an opportunity to develop expertise in something, and learn how to learn.
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The top-ranked teacher education program doesn't have classes

The top-ranked teacher education program doesn't have classes | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Instead, it just assesses students on what they know and can do — an idea that's catching on.
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Elon Musk creates an unschool-y school for his children | Penelope Trunk Education

Elon Musk creates an unschool-y school for his children | Penelope Trunk Education | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it

"After a recent interview he gave while in Beijing, the news that Elon Musk of Tesla, SpaceXand PayPal created his own school for his children spread all over the internet."

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Elon Musk became disillusioned with an exclusive private school, took his children to work with him for a while, noticed how much they're learning organically, and started a micro-school where they can tinker and learn with their friends through hands-on projects and experiments.

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Standards: Why Realizing the Full Promise of Education Requires a Fresh Approach

Standards: Why Realizing the Full Promise of Education Requires a Fresh Approach | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
Yong Zhao takes a critical eye to standards and the purposes they serve.
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My latest article is an interview with Yong Zhao about standards and curriculum, and re-imagining the entire structure of education in order to better support children's learning needs.

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Children Teach Themselves to Read

Children Teach Themselves to Read | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
The unschoolers' account of how children learn to read
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How children learn to read when they're in the driver's seat of their learning.

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A Ridiculous ‘Triple-dog-dare’ to Peter Thiel

A  Ridiculous ‘Triple-dog-dare’ to Peter Thiel | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
The trouble for higher education (and society) is that spending $100,000 or more for a degree that merely allows you a chance at such jobs as retail sales person or customer service representative is unsustainable. As soon as employers generally accept a more reliable, less costly means for screening applicants than possession of a degree, demand for college will plunge.

Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
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The Value of Connecting the Dots to Create “Real Learning”

The Value of Connecting the Dots to Create “Real Learning” | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
A Philadelphia center puts making connections between concepts and experiences central to the creative process for student-driven learning.
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My article about a hybrid learning hub in the Philly suburbs that aims to foster creativity in a format offering the best of two worlds: school and unschooling.

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How Students Lead the Learning Experience at Democratic Schools

How Students Lead the Learning Experience at Democratic Schools | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it

The Fairhaven School, which opened its doors in 1998, has no tests or grades, and no assigned homework. Its goal is to help students develop two core traits: agency and autonomy.

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My recent story about a democratic school in the Washington, DC suburbs.

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Self Directed Learning, Unschooling, Child Centered, Democratic Schools

Self Directed Learning, Unschooling, Child Centered, Democratic Schools | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
You have just entered into a remarkable world of ideas about education—ideas that make enormous sense and are much supported by research, but are little understood or thought about by most people. THE MAIN IDEAS DEVELOPED ON THIS SITE ARE: … Continue reading →
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A guide to the world of self-directed learning.

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Child's Play Is About More than Games

Child's Play Is About More than Games | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it

In The Wall Street Journal, Peter Gray and Lenore Skenazy write that "Play—"free play" initiated and directed by children—is not the opposite of learning. It is learning at its most powerful, nature's way of teaching children the big lessons they need for a happy, productive life."

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No Excuse List

No Excuse List | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
No Excuse List is the best place on the web to learn anything, free. We have curated the best resources on the web to teach you anything that you want. Click a link and get started!
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The Inadequacy of Mass Education & the Case for Autodidacticism

The Inadequacy of Mass Education & the Case for Autodidacticism | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
'(...) autodidacticism is an attitude one brings to learning, an attitude which is essential to gaining substantive insight both within and beyond the confines of traditional educational institutions. This attitude consists of a willingness to question all of one’s assumptions and preconceived ideas, a strong desire to learn and to apply what is learned, and a fiery love for knowledge in and of itself.'
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A well-written essay about how and why one person eventually reconceptualized his education and became an autodidact.

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What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like?

What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like? | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
A school library blossoms from a quiet reading and research space to a full-scale "Learning Commons."
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(This is one of my articles. Someone described this new "learning commons" as a "Starbucks on steroids," which seems rather apt.)

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Agile in Education: Micro-schools — Future of School — Medium

Agile in Education: Micro-schools — Future of School — Medium | The New Era of Learning | Scoop.it
What the future of school might look like — as long as we don’t treat it like a silver bullet ☺
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