A blog about Learning, about Education, about transformation, about change, about youth voice, about democratic human centered education. I am trying to ask the question "Why we educate" and what my answer means to me as a teacher and how my role shapes society and the whole.
Open Road Learning Community for Teens is excited to invite your 10-18 year-olds to our FREE summer camp that starts on Monday, July 28. Our camp, which runs for two weeks from 10-4 at the Mt. Scott Community Center, is workshop-based - campers can attend whichever workshops they want, from a few workshops here and there to full days or weeks. Our awesome schedule of workshops includes drama, boat-building, writing, computer animation, art, animal dissection, and more. Some of the workshops will have limited enrollment, so make sure you register ASAP. See our full schedule and a catalog of workshops at http://openroadteens.org/open-road-summer-camp/.Hope to see you there!
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Admissions officers from local colleges will give info and answer your questions about how to get into college without a traditional high school diploma. Hosted by Open Road Learning Community for Teens.
May 15 - May 16
May 15 at 7:00pm to May 16 at 9:00pm
5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland, Oregon 97215
Question: Would it be helpful to have a learning partner to plan your nontraditional learning adventures as unschoolers, homeschoolers, DIY etc? If so do you think it is a job that is worth paying for.
As Teachers working inside or outside the system, Would you join a network of other teachers to help create learning plans for non-traditional students or students who are wanting to do passion/project based work outside the class. In both an online capacity and a face to face role? How much would you want to be paid?
I’m envision a cooperative of teachers, mentors, parents, students and/or facilitators who would help students, families, or small groups follow their passions outside of the normal school system or to extend the current school system.
They would help find resources, create individual learning plans, make connections, provide guidance, build relationships and provide an short term or long term partnership with a student or a family. It would be a job and would provide teachers and nontraditional teachers a way to work with students without working in a school day to day.
In the end, the secret to learning is so simple: forget about it. Think only about whatever you love. Follow it, do it, dream it. One day, you will glance up at your collection of Japanese literature, or trip over the solar oven you built, and it will hit you: learning was there all the time, happening by itself.
I Occupy Education… by HOME EDUCATING! Our kids are kept out of a conventional classroom, where their natural boyish traits are too often pathologized. We provide out BOYS with an environment that is safe, FREE and VALIDATING so that they can DO and LEARN they way nature intended - CONFIDENT to TRY (and fail) ANYTHING again and again…..
Yay Yay Yay!!! Exactly!! thanks for completely validating my son and I. YEAH!!!!!
Clark: No, no, no, no! There’s no problem here. I was just hoping you might give me some insight into the evolution of the market economy in the southern colonies. My contention is that prior to the Revolutionary War, the economic modalities, especially in the southern colonies, could be most aptly described as agrarian pre-capitalist. Will: Of course that’s your contention. You’re a first-year grad student; you just got finished reading some Marxian historian, Pete Garrison probably. You’re gonna be convinced of that ‘till next month when you get to James Lemon. Then you’re going to be talking about how the economies of Virginia and Pennsylvania were entrepreneurial and capitalist way back in 1740. That’s gonna last until next year; you’re gonna be in here regurgitating Gordon Wood, talkin’ about, you know, the pre-revolutionary utopia and the capital-forming effects of military mobilization. Clark: Well, as a matter of fact, I won’t, because Wood drastically underestimates the impact of social… Will: “Wood drastically underestimates the impact of social distinctions predicated upon wealth, especially inherited wealth”? You got that from Vickers’ Work in Essex County, page 98, right? Yeah, I read that too. Were you gonna plagiarize the whole thing for us? Do you have any thoughts of your own on this matter? Or do you, is that your thing, you come into a bar, read some obscure passage and then pretend - you pawn it off as your own, as your own idea just to impress some girls, embarrass my friend? Will: See, the sad thing about a guy like you is, in 50 years you’re gonna start doin’ some thinkin’ on your own and you’re going to come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life: one, don’t do that, and two, you dropped 150 grand on a fuckin’ education you could have got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library! Clark: Yeah, but I will have a degree. And you’ll be servin’ my kids fries at a drive-thru on our way to a skiing trip. Will: That may be, but at least I won’t be unoriginal. But I mean, if you have a problem with that, I mean, we could just step outside - we could figure it out. Clark: No, man, there’s no problem. It’s cool.
I have been thinking a lot about how this would work in elementary schools…I know unschoolers and free schoolers have been doing it for years…but I not sold that they figured it out completely… Like it is noted in the NPR piece…their is something that happens when there is a little bit of structure and also a group working together… how to make it unconditional while also providing a framework that helps children uses their idea to move to something bigger…. still pondering….
either way it becoming part of my frame work for my future school… just finding the least about of structure for the maximum amount of learning and freedom.
I’ve concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We suppress our genius only because we haven’t yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious. Let them manage themselves.