Perhaps compulsory curriculum/seat-time/test scores as a means to funding forpeople/resources is getting in the way of what matters most.Perhaps redefining public ed matters [verses re-imagining or ? ..]. because equity matters.
Many people are re-imagining public ed. In incredibly cool ways. The only problem is thatthose ways aren’t accessible to everyone, right now. Some depend on where you live, someon what teacher you get, or what space you get, what resources you have. Some dependon your financial ability to choose. Most depend on assumed basics to be learned.
Think of what could be done with even a fraction of the roughly $600billion of taxpayer money that is currently spent on coercive K–12schools every year in the United States!Per student, Sudbury schools cost only about half of what we nowspend per student on coercive public schools, so this plan wouldresult in great savings to taxpayers. Another possibility would be asystem of community centers, open to everyone free of charge.– Peter Gray, Free to Learn
If we redefine public ed, to be about people, about relationships, then everyone gets a go.
If we redefine public ed to be something that requires no prep, no training, very littlepolicy, then everyone gets a go today.
If we redefine public ed, to eliminate all the time/money/people we spend on provingthings, on classroom management, we find we have all we need.We find equity.
• everyone is known by someone• everyone talks to self daily• 7 billion people doing the thing they can’t not do• resources/monies all go toward enliveningcity/community/people/everyone - today
It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest.The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because ofthis false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwiniantheory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectorsto inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was theywere thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living. – Bucky FullerImagine – if it works.