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Empathy and the Art of Living
September 15, 2009, 1:05 PM
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written by Roman Krznaric

“The twentieth century was an age of introspection, when psychoanalysis impelled us to search for who we are by looking inside our own heads. But the art of living involves escaping from the prison of our own feelings and desires, and embracing the lives of others. The twenty-first century should be the age of outrospection, where we discover by learning about other people, and finding out how they live, think and look at the world.”

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Educatocracy
August 26, 2009, 11:35 AM
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Education Week: Educatocracy

written by Alec M. Resnick

“The difference between the successful and unsuccessful student is that the successful student has adapted more effectively to the system, to playing the game. The more closely, quickly, and cheerily you can follow the lead of the adults around you, the more successful you will become.

What matters to these adults? Grades, scores, prestigious colleges, good jobs—in short, success. Youths and adults from all backgrounds know that education is the way to scramble up the socioeconomic ladder. 

This means more and more students are becoming professional students earlier and earlier. School is their job. And, so the ethic goes, a productive worker is a good worker. Though what exactly they produce is unclear, there is no question as to what they become: fully credentialed, well-schooled students. They become the modern aristocrat, the educatocrat.”

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The Act of Study
August 25, 2009, 6:16 AM
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written by Paulo Freire

“Indeed, studying is a difficult task that requires a systematic critical attitude and intellectual discipline acquired only through practice. This critical attitude is precisely what “banking education” does not engender. Quite the contrary, its focus is fundamentally to kill our curiosity, our inquisitive spirit, and our creativity. A student’s discipline becomes a discipline for ingenuity in relation to the text, rather then an essential critique of it.”

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Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
July 12, 2009, 10:45 AM
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Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

“Now our education system is predicated on the idea of academic ability. And there’s a reason. The whole system was invented – around the world, there was no public systems of education, really. before the 19th century. They all came into being to meet the needs of industrialism. So the hierarchy is rooted on two ideas. Number one, that the most useful subjects for work are at the top. So you were probably steered benignly away from things at school when you were a kid, things you liked, on the gounds that you would never get a job doing that. Is that right? Don’t do music, you’re not going to be a musician; don’t do art, you wont be an artist. Benign advice – now, profoundly mistaken.”



The Influence of John Dewey on Experimental Colleges: The Black Mountain Example
May 17, 2009, 10:44 PM
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Katherine C. Reynolds

“When Dewey worried about the practice of progressive education in the hands of zealots, he vented his concerns in ways aimed at constructively reframing classroom methods. He pointed out the differences between freedom to learn and anarchy in the schools, insisting that students cannot mature toward life in society when, “in some progressive schools the fear of adult imposition has become a veritable phobia,” and where educators demonstrated “enthusiasm much more than understanding” of progressive concepts.”

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