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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: I think that contemporary education is too weak on the field of emotions. If the real aim of the education system is to create strong and healthy, open-minded and dinamic people, we NEED to improve "emotional skills", just as we are educated to mathematical logic, scientific method and, in some lucky cases, to the perception of Beauty. When a person has a clear and mature perception of the world, gained through his strong rational abilities and his highly developed emotional skills, he is really able to live a full life, for him/herself and for others. And I think this is the most important thing.
    I believe that there are many good methods of education, and I believe that each one of those methods teaches directly or indirectly almost all of these things: love, compassion, beauty, joy of living, and to go deep in understanding the world. If is there a method that doesn't teach these things, it is not an education method.

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