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Taylor Kendal

Teaching with Primary Sources

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How do we reform education?

I recently witnessed a TEDx event in Colorado and heard Ramona Pierson discuss her philosophy on education - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5aHL2qd_08.

She believes there's an equation (ok, actually an algorithm) that can be used to prescribe a unique education path for every student. This idea comes in the wake of a near nationwide adoption of the Common Core Standards. Where do the resources in the United States currently need to be focused to assure positive progress in education?

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    Sep 8 2011: Taylor do you think when I say spirituality that I'm talking about a religion? With these courses I'm talking about pure energy spirit. It would be the child that chooses what path he wants. If you notice my last sentence is: "Then 6-12 can be learning the basics. And really digging to see what each student wants to do in the world, finding there talent." Key word (finding their talent.) So yes of course they would pursuit ones innate skills. But I think many folks confuse spirituality with being labeled as a religion. We all need some kind of spiritual training. Just to be aware of it. Then it's up to that students soul to choose what they want. So this is all open minded type of stuff.
    • Sep 8 2011: Okay, I'm interested:
      How do you predict that spirituality (of any sort) would cause improvement in student attendance, interest and ultimately, performance?
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        Sep 8 2011: It's about making school fun. Spirituality is about being able to express yourself, finding your you. Kids love to find out about themselves, and teenagers love to be independent. Spirituality teaches you to not be attached to outcomes therefore making life way more fun to live. But the really important reason is to build a solid foundation so that we don't repeat what our parents and governments have done with this economy. 90% of our parents never really talk about spirituality, so I believe it gets lost. It's the school systems job to create better humans, not create robots to just obey.

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