Nothing is for everyone. ..given the widening array of possibilities, there’s no reason that every child must master the sciences, algebra, geometry, biology, or any of the rest of the standard high school curriculum that has barely changed in half a century. -via Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich’s 2000 article in the NY Times, One Education Does Not Fit All …secondary education is only appropriate for a small portion of youth. In 1892, - via the 1892 National Education Association’s Committee of 10, who set out to standardize high school programs. - Dennis Littky’s The Big Picture, Ed is Everyone’s Business
choice empowers. choice energizes. The opportunity to make choices increases our motivation. Mindful awareness of different options gives us greater control. This feeling of greater control, in turn, encourages us to be more mindful. Rather than being a chore, mindfulness engages us in a continuing momentum. -via Ellen Langer’s Mindfulness Kevin, choices = increased energy
If you’re seeking wholehearted participation it must be voluntary. - Jane McGonigal, Reality is Broken To participate wholeheartedly in something means to be self-motivated and self-directed, intensely and genuinely enthusiastic. If we're forced to do something, or if we do it halfheartedly, we're not really participating. If we don't care how it all turns out, we're not really participating. If we're passively waiting it out, we're not really participating. And the less we fully participate in our everyday lives, the fewer opportunities we have to be happy. It's that plain and simple. Jesaja alive
However in ed, too many of our choices are basically reproducing the same thing.
the same thing And .. begs a new roof every year. (What we’ve learned from studying homelessness.) Recycling through this “grass is always greener” mentality/mobility, compounds an ongoing misuse of resources, money, and people. Keeping us not only bound to the very thing we were choosing not to do, but mindless that we’re the ones perpetuating it. And dang, dandelions spread fast.
On listening to kids last school year 2009-2010 Focus of research: How to redefine school via student voice. We got almost as many different answers as different kids. Almost every answer had an opposite. One common answer – community service in every course. Focus of findings: Nothing is for everyone. How do we facilitate that? 4 year plan of disruption Facilitating chaos freaks most people out. But one thing kids have mastered is networking/connecting. These turn out to be the very glue that will not only help us ride the shift wave, but wholeheartedly and blissfully, swim in the ocean. -rings of Clay Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus
Doing what has been considered standard doesn’t equate with success anymore. We need to be freeing kids up to be themselves. Giving them space to fail. Showing them we trust learning. That it is that fascinating and alluring. Lucas with a CSU student talking about space and permission to be.
Baby boomers changed politics, Gen X changed family, Gen Y changed work, and generation Z will revolutionize education. - Penelope Trunk thanks to Lisa Nielsen for directing us to it. our response : We see public ed becoming school of choice. Everyone gets the free option to learn like authentic unschoolers – key being purely self-directed learners, not just doing school as we know it on their own. Nothing is for everyone. Public school can now offer everything. That's what we need. That's where we're headed.The town is the school… separate buildings (schools as we now know them) are simply resource centers and meet up places. Also available – a town art hall, a town engineering hall, etc. sharing spaces are wikipedia, youtube, wherever the crowd is. Wherever sharing is most useful/accessible. The 1-1 movement is spot on.. but it's one to one, face to face, mentors.. the declaration of interdependence. We see this unschooling wave for sure, facilitating that in public ed provides the equity we all seek. Setting the culture of trust for that to happen, that's the pickle. But it's coming. click to play
There are more resources in an institutional setting.. people and things. Let’s focus on that. What if we provide resources.. and let people design their own school?
A new paradigm shift. The future of business is sharing. The Mesh, Lisa Gansky Getting to the heart of the matter begs a … to deck for culture of trust
Their Dandelion Effect 2003: S Korea bans US beef imports – mad cows disease. 2008: Korean President Lee Myung-bak lifts ban. Korean citizens stage Korea’s first family-friendly protest. It lasts over a month. Over half the protesters are teenage girls. Why? DBSK, a boy band. DBSK’s online site, on facebook, with nearly a million users, provided these girls with an opportunity to discuss whatever they wanted, including politics. Massed together, frightened and angry that Lee’s government had agreed to what seemed a national humiliation and a threat to public health, the girls decided to do something about it. - Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus
Their Dandelion Effect They are ready to change the world. Many of you, like the Youth Digital Media Project – are listening to them. We need to listen louder. They are connected to each other. That is power like we’ve never seen.
Their Dandelion Effect By the age of 21, the average young American has spent somewhere between 2 and 2 hours reading books and more than 10,000 hours playing computer and video games. (esp if born after 1980) It’s potentially an unprecedented human resource: hundreds of millions of people worldwide who are going to be exceptionally good at the same thing – whatever it is games make us good at. Jane has been researching that question for nearly a decade, the answer: collaboration. Collaboration isn’t just about achieving a goal or joining forces, it’s about creating something together that it would be impossible to create alone. -Jane McGonigal, Reality is Broken
What’s coming could blow us away. We get to decide which Dandelion Effect we prefer. note: YOUth is you to whatever degree you decide.
previously slides are one story deck of the narrative deck: The entire narrative deck can be accessed here.. Or you can go to the next slide to access another story deck…
as story 4-39: mindset - the skinny 40-79: redefining success: school as a business … community as a school 43-49: the dandelion effect 50-53: is respect for every voice a part of your soul 54-63: we don’t need more resources, we just need to be more resourceful : on health & wealth 64-72: Joi Ito as an exemplar – nothing is for everyone 73-79: declaration of interdependence - as glue 80-89: findings in failings : history (deliberately not teaching, homeless analogy) : detox (process/what, unpacking/why, doing/how) 90-95: vision/floorplan 96-97: connected adjacency 98: suggested book reads 99: faq 100-111: mindset Suggestion per parents, if you were only going to look at 2 things: slide 18 and detox. just out: awakening indispensable people via videos warning – poor quality – ieslidedeck with voice