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city as floorplan

by experimenting w/the intersection of city and school on May 26, 2011

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  • monk51295 monika hardy, experimenting w/the intersection of city and school thank you for bringing this up Adam. didn't realize, poor choice of word arrangement and period in a bad spot. glad you noticed. just rephrased it.. please take a look and see what you think.

    our thinking - this wasn't generalizing homeless in a negative sense, it was opening up the realization that they are us. more of a schooling the world, or blue sweater or global voices mentality.. that we can't just demand people change. we need to see who they are and work alongside them. rather than say.. do this and do that.
    would love to skype if it still doesn't resonate with you. your perspective on this is valuable.
    warm regards..
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  • bearsong Adam Burk Monika, I was enjoying the slideshare and then came the slide where James Bach said you can't solve homelessness because you can't make people change. I need a lot more context for this, but right now I am jumping up and down about the heresy involved in this one-sided comment.

    Homelessness is also a gross systemic issue intimately tied to our economic system. There are individual choices along the way, but to stigmatize the homeless with a generalization like that! I'm not having it.

    I worked in an urban resource center where anyone could walk in off the street and either engage with a caseworker or not. They could access showers, laundry, computers, clothes, brochures, job services, counseling, and more. And things like this are part of the solution, but its an intervention, not prevention. For prevention to occur significant changes need to be made in our economic system, systemic prejudice and violence currently towards GLBTQ kids in particular needs to be addressed, why kids are ending up in foster homes needs to be addressed, child abuse needs to be addressed, prevention strategies for substance abuse need to be supported and implemented.

    Homelessness is a symptom of other issues that need to be addressed. Alternatively, it could be universally fixed if there was an adoption of a universal human right to housing, but again that's not going to cure all the other problems that play into it.

    Bach's prescription is too simplistic and missing a significant part of the picture.

    All that being said, I applaud your students for dreaming, problem-solving and engaging in sincere self-directed learning.
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