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Big box education is on the way out. Instead, imagine a future with schools of every variety available for mixing and matching, like sushi on a platter. Micro-schools, Waldorf Schools, part-time schools and more. And non-school alternatives like internships and single classes. That’s the future as seen by Matt Hern, an advocate for what he calls de-schooling. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, learning outside the box. And, redefining normal for kids on the short bus.
Jonathan Mooney says that "normal" is a social construct, not a medical one. Dan Zanes writes music for children of all ages. Matt Hern advocates alternative education. Michel Piechowski describes the way gifted children experience their lives. Sherman Alexie tries to teach an end to tribalism.
Stephen Downes, Howard Gardner, Alfie Kohn, and Gary Stager to talk about the need to reform the education reform movement. With four thoughtful and articulate education thinkers, my job will be to help them describe their alternative views to the current narratives that drive much of the impassioned debate around teaching and learning worldwide. From a gender perspective, this event is male-heavy, for which I apologize but refer interested viewers to the recordings of the gender-diverse panels and keynote sessions
This Counts! Big Picture’s Conference on Personalization & Real World Learning
At Big Picture, we believe that schools must be personalized, educating every student equally one student at a time. In addition to designing and supporting a network of over 60 Big Picture schools with this design, Big Picture is committed to spreading our philosophy and practice to as many individuals and communities as possible. Through our annual Personalization & Real World Learning Conference, we strive to share our work with a wide range of educators of every kind – from teachers to students, from district-level administrators to interested parents. In this piece, participants from the 2008 conference reflect on their experiences during the conference.