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Fixing our public school system - the way that it smothers creativity and curiosity; using technology in the hands of students to foster critical thinking; bringing children into wild spaces to play..

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Sheila Potter
Posted about 3 years ago
Let students be teachers and curriculum developers
Great Idea!! And in small ways, it has been done. Look-up GenY - a really great program thats been around for a while. At one of the universities where I worked, students went beyond mere TA support in the class, and were given summer jobs working with profs to create technology-infused curriculum. I have tried to propose the idea of student tech support for teachers in various schools, and it has been successful (generalizing broadly) in places where teachers and administrators already had a great relationship with students - in particular, one of mutual respect. Sadly, I have found that to be rare. I'd love to hear more about how you would see this idea playing out!
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Sheila Potter
Posted over 4 years ago
Liz Coleman: A call to reinvent liberal arts education
To Liz Coleman - Thank-you for hope in a (sometimes, seemingly) hopeless world. I will do my best to be at your Centre for the Advancement of Public Action someday, in some capacity. I can't think of anything our species could use more to heal its ills than such a place to collaborate - a "secular church".
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Sheila Potter
Posted about 5 years ago
Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius
Beautiful, insightful, uplifting talk...piercing in its honesty. I feel privileged to have heard it - THANK-YOU, TED!!! But, I have all kinds of problems with it. What if the 'problem' is attributing the work to "genius" at all. What is considered 'brilliant' is merely a matter of human perception...all flawed and limited in its human way. The feeling that "brilliance" inspires may be an intoxicating, soaring, religious-like experience, but what if that is as much to do with the person feeling, as with the one who inspired it? Really, we have a capacity to feel, and to celebrate ourselves that is amazing - but maybe that's all it is: Humans - all brilliant in our own small way - celebrating one another, and thereby celebrating ourselves. No genius, no pressure, and certainly, NO GOD - something very valuable but much smaller and more universally accessible than all of that. Which brings me to what REALLY bothers me: the implication that "brilliance" is so exclusive...what if its not? What if we choose to exclude ourselves, or not, merely because we've been taught that "genius" is bestowed upon a few - an exclusive club? Maybe if more of us believed ourselves capable of joining the club, it would take the pressure off those few who found the confidence to shine? And besides, what about celebrating the process? So what if the product doesn't generate world-wide acclaim - isn't that fairly false anyway? The so-called "stroke of genius" may not ever escape your kitchen...maybe it inspires a beautiful thought or an elegant doodle, or maybe it doesn't escape the mind at all. If you bothered to read this, I think that's pretty cool. What a world, eh?