Resource development and communications professional in the social profit sector.
An idea worth spreading
Education is not something you can do TO children. Once a child reaches around 9 years old, all learning is self-directed learning. Student "engagement" is often narrowly conceived as keeping the curriculum fun and culturally inflected. But for students to "learn how to be learners," which should be the primary goal of education, students need to be allowed and encouraged to ask questions and contribute to the direction of their academic studies. Further, those students who grow up in segregated, impoverished communities and who are the intended subjects of so much 'achievement gap' policy are naturally those students who are most alienated from and distrustful of schools, teachers, and the whole institution of education, which, like the rest of society, tends to treat them like criminals. And yet, student voice and agency are almost entirely absent from the national debates about school and education reform. This must change.
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Education change. Communicating ideas. Sustainable economies and political systems. War. The denial of death. Literature and reading in an image culture. Japanese culture.