Marion Brady's excellent work dealing with the creation of a more meaningful school experience for secondary students. -JL
Connections: Investigating Reality is a free course of study designed primarily for adolescents and older students, working in small, cooperative groups.
The program's overarching aim is expanding learner ability to "make sense" of reality, an aim we consider essential to the achievement of all other legitimate aims of a general education.
Connections isn't a supplement to the traditional core curriculum. Used optimally, it's a replacement for the core for at least a year of an adolescent learner's schooling.
The activities in Connections rely heavily on ordinary, first-hand user experience, require the use of all thought processes, progress slowly through increasing levels of conceptual (as distinct from textual) complexity, and, as is true in all attempts to make sense of experience, move constantly across and beyond arbitrary disciplinary boundaries.