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How should we be teaching in this day and age? A radical departure from current pedagogical practices is required!
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UnCollege is one of several opportunities for self-directed adult learning, instead of traditional college.

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Pave: alternative to costly college loans

Pave: alternative to costly college loans | Radical Pedagogy | Scoop.it
A way out of debt and a network to help launch your career. That's what Pave is offering students and young professionals trying to pursue their passions without taking out more loans.
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Fascinating innovation, instead of Sallie Mae...

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Deep Springs College

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Innovative college model that is democratcially run.  What might America look like if more colleges were democratically run?  What might it do to the cost of college if all students helped run their colleges?  How about the impact on student engagement and motivation?

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Holistic Enhancement: How to Value Human Capital - Skilledup.com

Holistic Enhancement: How to Value Human Capital - Skilledup.com | Radical Pedagogy | Scoop.it
The idea of Holistic Enhancement, which I introduced recently, lays out a conceptual survey of the types of units and tools of measurement that should be in a definition of personal and organizational human capital.
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Interesting but how do we decide on the Core Skills and Content knowledge when....
"according to Cathy N. Davidson, co-director of the annual MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions, “fully 65 percent of today’s grade-school kids may end up doing work that hasn’t been invented yet”."

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Off Track: What Higher Ed Can Learn From Cable Television

Off Track: What Higher Ed Can Learn From Cable Television | Radical Pedagogy | Scoop.it
It looks like academia is headed for TV’s doomsday scenario: unbundling. The trick is to make that work for professors and students.
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Lots of ways that higher ed can be disrupted, here is another perspective.  Very interesting analogy...

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Thinking about Accreditation in a Rapidly Changing World (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Thinking about Accreditation in a Rapidly Changing World (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Radical Pedagogy | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online
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Time for accreditation to innovate!

"If regional accreditors are unable to rise to the challenge, they may find themselves tethered to incumbent models that are increasingly less relevant to higher education. New, alternative accreditors may emerge, as President Obama called for in his domestic policy plan. In other words, the accreditors themselves might be disrupted. There is time. As has been said, we frequently overestimate the amount of change to come in the next two years and dramatically underestimate the amount of change ahead in the next ten years. The time is now for regional accreditors to re-engineer the paths to accreditation to at least offer an alternative outcomes-based option for accreditation. In doing so, they not only will be ready for that future, but they can help usher it into reality."

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Occupy Your Brain

Occupy Your Brain | Radical Pedagogy | Scoop.it
On Power, Knowledge, and the Re-Occupation of Common Sense photo by Carol Black One of the most profound changes that occurs when modern schooling is introduced into traditional societies around th...
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Profound question about education:

 

"The crucial confusion here is between the idea of publicly supported education and the idea of centrally controlled state-administered education.  To really get your hands around this distinction simply replace the word “school” with the word “radio” in the following sentences and see what you get:

I am in favor of publicly supported radio.

I am in favor of centrally-controlled state-administered radio."

Not the same thing, are they?

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If students designed their own schools...

The best small town in America experiments with self-directed learning at its public high school. A group of students gets to create their own school-within-...
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Now this is some radical pedagogy!  We need more schools doing this type of individualized education, students are capable of taking responsiblity for their own learning if we only give them the freedom to do so!

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Five Questions to Ask about the Common Core*

Five Questions to Ask about the Common Core* | Radical Pedagogy | Scoop.it
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"In summary, the efforts to develop common curricula nationally and internationally are simply working to perfect an outdated paradigm. The outcomes are precisely the opposite of the talents we need for the new era."  Exactly, common core is the wrong answer to help our "failing" schools.  This is why we need a paradigm shift!  Now if we could get some more Schools of Education on board, we might start to turn this education ship!

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Zero Tuition College

Zero Tuition College | Radical Pedagogy | Scoop.it
A Community of Self-Directed Learners
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Zero Tuition College (ZTC) is one of several opportunities for self-directed adult learning, instead of traditional college. 

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Minerva Schools at KGI

Minerva Schools at KGI | Radical Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Minerva Schools at KGI is a unique undergraduate education experience for the brightest, most motivated students in the world.
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An interesting innovation in higher education who a global focus and the world as a campus!

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Online Course Search - SkilledUp.com

Online Course Search - SkilledUp.com | Radical Pedagogy | Scoop.it
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One of many alternatives to higher ed or company-sponsored training that are cropping up...

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Udacity's Sebastian Thrun, Godfather Of Free Online Education, Changes Course

Udacity's Sebastian Thrun, Godfather Of Free Online Education, Changes Course | Radical Pedagogy | Scoop.it
He captivated the world with visions of self-driving cars and Google Glass and has signed up 1.6 million students for online classes. So why is he...
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What does the future of education look like or what could it look like now?

 

"I wish to do away with the idea of spending one big chunk of time learning." Thrun's 5-year-old son, Jasper, is not yet old enough to be impressed by his father's work, but he's already starting his education. "In my son's kindergarten, they're telling us how to get him into Stanford," he says. "By their advice, I'm doing everything wrong, because I'm trying to make him happy rather than putting him through as many piano lessons as possible." He dreams that his son will take a less conventional view of education. "I hope he can hit the workforce relatively early and engage in lifelong education," Thrun says. "I wish to do away with the idea of spending one big chunk of time learning."

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The Practical University

The Practical University | Radical Pedagogy | Scoop.it
The promise of online education lies in taking care of the technical knowledge so that universities can focus on transmitting practical knowledge.
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What IS a univeristy for?  Great question!  Not sure he has the exact answer but when this question is being asked, you can be sure change is coming!

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Richard Elmore: "I do not believe in the institutional structure of public schooling anymore" - School Leader

Richard Elmore: "I do not believe in the institutional structure of public schooling anymore" - School Leader | Radical Pedagogy | Scoop.it
In my teaching and writing I sometimes ponder whether the existing structures of schooling are actually the biggest obstacle to student learning. Can schools as we currently know them ever accomplish the mission we've established for them?
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"I do not believe in the institutional structure of public schooling anymore," Elmore said, noting that his long-standing work at helping teachers and principals professionalize their practice is "palliative care for a dying institution."  Elmore predicted "a progressive dissociation between learning and schooling."

What will the future hold?

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Why Kids Hate School?: Nikhil Goyal at TEDxYouth@BFS

At age 17, Nikhil Goyal is the author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School to be published in September 2012 by Alternative Educati...
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Nikhil has it right!  We need to change schools to support students by giving them freedom and choice and allowing for an individualized education that capitilizes on students' passion and creativity instead of standardization of learning and standardized tests.

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Why So Many Schools Remain Penitentiaries of Boredom

Why So Many Schools Remain Penitentiaries of Boredom | Radical Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Educational leaders have to have the courage to reinvent our schools for real this time. And our teachers must be teachers of children as well as teachers of their subject area.
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"And here's where our schools become relevant once more: in teaching our children to evaluate and use that information in ways that are important and meaningful and to satisfy their fundamental human desire to construct solutions for the world full of engaging and pressing problems they will inherit."

Exactly!

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Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT

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I completely agree, we need to focus on learning, not education/schools!  Child as learner, child as teacher, child as agent of change-how amazing!  We should be developing a passion for learning and learning to learn.

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