The Learning Exchange
September 7, 2009, 12:14 AM
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written by Diane Kinishi and G. Robert Lewi

“(Published in 1977) The Learning Exchange was started in the early 1970’s out of a series of seminars at Ivan Illich’s center in Mexico. This document is an explanation of “what it is, how it works, and how you can set up a similar program in your community.” It is a fascinating handbook that describes an educational model, but also acts as a more general resource for administration, advertising, fundraising, etc.
To keep the file size down, I cut out the 92 page appendix, which consists of lots of correspondences, articles, interviews, and so on, which provide a broader perspective of the phenomenon of the Learning Exchange, which acts as a precedent for contemporary social networks in general and The Public School (LA) in particular.”

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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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Notes toward a Radical, Critical Public Pedagogy
June 28, 2009, 7:34 PM
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Heath Schultz

“In the wake of our being silenced, one of the most important things we must work toward is the re-establishment of our public presence in order to perpetuate ideas that work against the dominant public pedagogies that lead to oppression on various fronts. As critical peoples, we must [re]establish spaces for praxis developed and sustained outside the stranglehold of the spectacle and capitalist public pedagogy and with awareness of our own “false consciousness.”

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Frank Aydelotte and the Oxford Method of Teaching Writing in America
May 29, 2009, 8:34 PM
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Michael G. Moran

“Aydolette’s tendency was always to design courses of study that challenged students to think seriously and deeply about issues central to the human condition. To his mind, this emphasis on thought should be the essence of all liberal studies. He therefore advocated using literature to comment on life rather then studying it for its aesthetics or its form or its history, all methods which should, in his view, be subordinated to using it to help students learn to think analytically.”

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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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