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Initial ted talk on education

  1. 1. What will it take to make a  radical shift in the state of public schools in America today?
  2. 2. PRESCHOOL for the ARTS
  3. 3. Natural COLLABORATORS
  4. 4. A SENSORY-RICH Environment
  6. 6. MOVEMENT is a powerfulform of engagement!
  7. 7. INQUIRY:  To re-define EDUCATION for AMERICA in the 21st century.
  8. 8. US DEPT. OF EDUCATION   2001: ACT OF CONGRESS: No Child Left Behind (NCLB) calling for standardized testing nationwide.   2006: ANSWERING THE CHALLENGE OF A CHANGING WORLD: strengthening education in the 21st century   Bush’s answer: The American Competitive Initiative
  9. 9.   Obama’s answer:   EDUCATE TO INNOVATE Campaign to increase STEM literacy (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)  2009: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: RACE TO THE TOP Program to improve student outcomes.  Aug 2011: Providing RELIEF (from NCLB) in return for reform.
  10. 10.   What are the goals of EDUCATION in America?  Creating an American work-force capable of competing successfully in the global economy?  Or is education about the individual?
  11. 11. EDUCATION  the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction.  INSTRUCTION  a direction calling for compliance synonyms: decree, dictate, command, order
  12. 12. EDUCE   to draw out, evoke or elicit {information, solutions}  to evolve or develop {esp. from a latent or potential state}  to interpret, see, make sense of
  13. 13.  Competition Compliance  Cooperation  Collaboration
  14. 14. What I propose:  The goal of American EDUCATION be aimed towards creating empowered citizens/individuals, prepared and motivated to create a sustainable world, developing skills to collaborate and design a future of promise and of global well-being.
  15. 15.   What are the systems of interconnection that each child is born into?  What is the ideal relationship of support and connection between the child/individual and the nation/planet/interconnected world?
  16. 16.   Through the process of exploring these relationships and eco-social systems, we can begin to re-define EDUCATION.
  17. 17.   What would an EDUCATION focused on the child, look like — living and learning in scale with their needs, sustainable within the larger context?
  18. 18. What is at the CORE of learning?  What are the CORE subjects for learning in a time of amplified change?  Are science, math, engineering & technology {STEM} at the core?  If INNOVATION is at the core of our achievement goals, how can we cultivate the qualities of innovative thinking?  What role can THE ARTS play in developing the skills of mental acuity that facilitates INNOVATION, COLLABORATION and an ETHIC OF CARING about the well-being of oneself and others?
  19. 19. INQUIRY: towards a re-definition of EDUCATION  Where do language, communication, cultural understanding and ethics fit in?  What is relevant to learn? And how is it best learned?  What will be the new role for teachers in a re- defined school system?
  20. 20. FURTHER INQUIRY: towards a re-definition of EDUCATION  What will the learning environment look like in a school system aimed at cooperation and collaboration, rather than competition and compliance?  How might the hard structures of our current educational systems be re-designed? The bells, desks, hallways, whiteboards and teacher-driven instruction?
  21. 21. MORE QUESTIONS OF INQUIRY: What do YOU wonder about?  What would interactions look like in a globally- aware, child-centered learning environment?  Can we move towards an emergent curriculum, generated by student curiosity and supported by teacher resourcefulness?
  22. 22. What I propose:  Engaging the primary STAKEHOLDERS  Using strategies of COLLABORATIVE DESIGN  Create a THINK-TANK CURRICULUM for K-12 students — to give every child a voice and empower each child to engage directly in the re- design of their learning environment and process.
  23. 23.   Students will develop strategies, skills and qualities of innovative thinking, preparing them to collaborate and tackle global issues, connecting them directly to the larger interconnected systems impacting them.  Passing on the message of sustainability.  Future-casting a positive outlook on our changing world.