My ideal curriculum would be based on these books. The Element, The Art of Nonconformity, and Kurt Hahn (who’s Outward Bound program eventually evolved into expeditionary Learning)
Trusting your first impression.
Peter Mende Siedlecki
A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. The usual approach at Lincoln – and, safe to say, at most high schools in this country – is automatic suspension. Instead, Sporleder sits the kid down and says quietly: “Wow. Are you OK? This doesn’t sound like you. What’s going on?”
He gets even more specific: “You really looked stressed. On a scale of 1-10, where are you with your anger?” The kid was ready. Ready, man! For an anger blast to his face….”How could you do that?” “What’s wrong with you?”…and for the big boot out of school. But he was NOT ready for kindness.
The armor-plated defenses melt like ice under a blowtorch and the words pour out: “My dad’s an alcoholic. He’s promised me things my whole life and never keeps those promises.” The waterfall of words that go deep into his home life, which is no piece of breeze, end with this sentence: “I shouldn’t have blown up at the teacher.” Whoa.
IncitED is a crowdfunding community created for anyone with an education project that is in need of money. Whether you want to create an after-school program, develop new educational technology, help disadvantaged learners, establish a scholarship fund, or acquire classroom supplies, the possibilities for great education projects is virtually limitless. IncitED makes it easy to build compelling grassroots fundraising campaigns to help make those great projects a reality.
"We want to see if a group of high school students, Oregon National Guard soldiers, teachers, parents, and community members can take a gas-powered Chevrolet S-10 and transform it into an electric vehicle that runs smoothly and efficiently without gasoline."
I don’t usually post these types of lists…but these are pretty good~
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Sometimes this is what teaching little kids feels like….
America has to end the obsession with overcompensating CEOs while grinding the working classes into submission.
Worker productivity has increased while wages have stagnated. Its time for workers to get paid for those efficiencies, not just the CEOs.
Fun fact? A group of economists actually ran the numbers, and in order for McDonald’s to pay their employees 15 dollars an hour, they would have to raise the price of some of the their sandwiches by….
I need your help - please visit my indiegogo page to know more or read on: Every time you share this page, donate a book or contribute some money, you are helping deliver inspiration.
Hi, my name is Salina and I have a dream.
My dream is to live in a free thinking society where people explore new ideas, talk about innovations, where people believe that success is determined by what you have done and achieved and not how much money you have amassed and I find no better way to achieve this than by promoting education.
In third world countries like mine education has been incredibly misunderstood. I grew up myself being taught and believing that a degree was my only ticket to a good marriage, a good life and respect in the society. In all my life as a student, I hadn’t met a single person who was actually passionate about what they were studying to become including me but that was what we were always taught – Innovative thinking has been made an expensive luxury not many can afford . Grades were all that mattered in fact the teachers expected nothing but a memorized answer from the book. I never had the courage to ask my teachers and elders if one can truly be called educated merely because one has studied in a college and acquired a degree?
There was always a societal and family pressure to me to follow without asking any questions and I never did because I never saw the wrong in it and neither did anyone else I knew. What I was passionate about never mattered, all that mattered was if there was any scope of reputation and money in my passion and I wish I had stood my ground but I didn’t know any better, I didn’t have enough resources to educate myself or them – the nearest library was 20 kms away and the school library only had few books and we had the slowest internet in the world and there were frequent power cuts so I just never bothered – nobody ever does. And now that I think about it if I had an access to a better internet connection, a more resourceful library nearby or a more informative and helpful counselor I probably would have been able to pursue my dream career and so would my friends but let’s let bygones be bygones and focus on the now for a better tomorrow.
We need the $500,000 for business registration, books, equipment, infrastructure, salary and maintenance. If unfortunately we are not able to achieve our pledged goal, we will use whatever money we receive to buy books and supplies for the libraries in India that desperately need it.
Your old books are more valuable to us than money, if you can please send us your old books. We will update and address once we secure a location.
After a careful observation, I have found that most children and adults spend most of their spare time either at a café or at the mall just hanging out with friends so I plan to build and spread a concept of a Book café throughout India and across the borders. Libraries that have cafes, leisure centers and able counselors to help children and young adults find their true callings. Here are some of the things I want to develop –
1 - A reading culture.
2 – A book café concept businesses throughout India and across borders.
3 – A place for students to seek help. Cases of academic consultants robbing unsuspecting students of huge amounts of money to send them abroad with the promise of a better education are not uncommon in India. These students many-a-times don’t even know the scholarships they were eligible for in their own home country and abroad and that the consultants are always compensated by the University they admit a student into so that a student never has to pay anything but they end up taking out huge loans in hopes that they’ll get a degree from reputed Universities and land a good paying job but what really happens is they end up dropping out, working below minimum wage in a foreign country and ruin their lives. A free service at our libraries could not only help Indian students but foreign economies as well.
The concept of a book café will create a huge impact in my society. People normally go to café just to pass time more than they do for the coffee, if we can give them an additional option of picking a book and read it with their coffee, not only can this incite a reading culture in the society, it’ll incite inspirations. It is said that people make a country, not the government and if that is true which I believe it to be, my people aren’t doing a very good job. It’s high time someone shook things a little bit.
After the contribution amount is acquired, we will be able to provide everyone with an address where you can send us your old books – remember, books are of value to us more than the money.Finally, I would like to thank each and every one of you who has contributed to this cause and your help will always be remembered and appreciated.
This ‘Haunted House’ is not like any you will have seen before and comes in the form of a spooky gallery of paintings that at first seem ordinary but soon turn out to have some hidden surprises in store. The concept behind Torafu Architects’ ‘Haunted Play House’ is to challenge perspectives and norms where rules are broken as children are actually encouraged to run, shout and touch – activities usually forbidden in a gallery or a museum.