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Juliette LaMontagne

Founder & Managing Director, Breaker


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What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning models that exist outside of traditional educational institutions?

With the growing number of alternative learning pathways and opportunities to better serve the needs of individual students, what's working best? And what can we learn from the failures and tensions? Where and how have the models in the margins effectively disrupted the status quo?

I'll add to the conversation my current initiative, Breaker - driving alternative learning and social innovation by mobilizing interdisciplinary teams of young creative collaborators to design product solutions to global challenges.

This Live Conversation will start on Feb. 15, 2012, 1:00pm EST/ 10:00am PST


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  • Feb 15 2012: True education doesn't take place in a classroom where students are taught a specific set of standards that allows them to achieve a grade, but in the real world, where they learn how to apply whatever skills they have and are required to adapt to a work setting where they are expected to produce something. What that something is is irrelevant. Achieving higher altruistic goals, self-enlightenment, and a sense of fulfillment are products of self-esteem that really begins with a person's sense of worth gained in earlier family or peer settings. While we cannot construct an ideal world, we can create educational opportunities where ideas from all people can spring forth and take us to higher levels of understanding. What we have now is an outdated caste system that rewards wealth and equates success to materialistic achievement.

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