Self-Organized Learning: What it means and how it can work

Organizations that embrace chaos and self-direction – at least in select ways – have found success in adapting to a fast-changing world. Schools and businesses alike can find value in thoughtfully decreasing rigidity and increasing chaos by letting their customers, students, staff or teachers self-organize certain aspects of their work and learning.

A Manifesto for Environmental Education

We are witnessing the great lumping – the coming together of not just ideas, but entire social movements worth of vision and direction. It is going to open up to us great resources and potential to advance environmental education. Here are two solid sources to back up this claim and I would recommend them as required reading for environmental educators:

The School is Flat

What happens when teachers are given complete autonomy? This is “A Year at Mission Hill”, a documentary series of 10 short films highlighting the goings-on at one such school in Boston. Soon to be a feature-length film, these stories are up-close and a unique chance to see inside one education experiment.

The Dilemma of Schools

“The Dilemma of schools: The skills that are easiest to teach and test are also the ones that are easiest to digitize, automate and outsource” says Linda Darling-Hammond in this video where she explains the state of education in the US to an audience in Australia.