Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Reflections on Storytelling
“Good storytelling is particularly important when introducing a complex and potentially disruptive offering in the marketplace whose value is not well understood.” [new school models!]
“There are still people who believe that design is just about making things, people and places pretty. In truth, design has spread like gas to almost all facets of human activity, from science and education to politics and policymaking. For a simple reason: one of design’s most fundamental tasks is to help people deal with change.”
“Designers stand between revolutions and everyday life.”
Amazing Things Are Happening Here | NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
This grab for the #MustRead shares is more of a “mood board” entry – an inspiration. I’d love to see a school take this approach to its website. Imagine the faces on the NYP site as student learners, faculty, parents, alumni, etc. There’s a tease to their story. Then, a deeper click reveals a short about their learning experience in this community.
La vida es bella : What Does Your Ideal School Look Like?
“the schools of today are a reflection of the nation of tomorrow”
This is one of the most beautiful and thought-provoking pieces that I have read all year. To me, among other things, it challenges us and charges us to envision the nation we want and to design the schools that will help us achieve that vision. We should be DOING this!
“The Root, Stem, Leaves, & Fruit of American Education” [Part 2] | chris.thinnes.me
“Creating the lives they lead tomorrow, and the society in which they will lead them, should be foremost among the goals for students that we promote. Thankfully, the most forward thinking educators already recognize that students’ imaginations are more valuable than their ambitions; their decision-making processes are more valuable than their products; their collaboration is more valuable than their competition; and their engagement is more valuable than their achievement.”
Super-Awesome Sylvia in the Not So Awesome Land of Schooling : Stager-to-Go
“Don’t you dare tell me that the demands of the curriculum preclude time for such classroom projects. Kids like Sylvia remind us of the authentic nature of learning and the efficiency of project-based learning. Several years worth of lectures on physics, electronics, engineering, computer science and video production would not result in the understanding demonstrated by Sylvia; that is if elementary schools bothered to teach such subjects at all.”
“How Do I Teach This?” vs. “What Did We Learn?” | Edutopia
“We’re writing standards in an attempt to raise the bar — well-intentioned, to be sure — but in the end, students and teachers can only jump as high as their curiosity will let them. For all their digital elegance, the NGSS divert attention away from the much larger issue: we have millions of children in schools learning things on narrative arcs that they had no part in authoring.”
University of Chicago Laboratory Schools: About Lab » Director Search » Director Search Statement
An interesting way to explore Dewey and progressive education – study the position statement for University of Chicago’s Laboratory Schools’ new director.
Is ROI the Right Way to Judge a College Education? – Administration – The Chronicle of Higher Education
“The conversation about college and its returns gets down to a question that has dogged academe for decades, if not centuries: What is higher education for: Personal growth? A golden ticket? Or some of both?”
Set in the context of college education, the article contains powerful glances into the purposes of education, too.