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.
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:
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.
Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian suggests failure should be reclaimed by schools for its value in making real-world projects a success. What do you think? And what does rock-climbing with kids have to do with it?
Brokenness is everywhere and everything is broken for someone. Many things are broken on purpose, and still more are broken without our even knowing. Seth Godin and Tom fisher provide insight into how systems fail us.
“Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.” Rita Pierson believes one of the most significant things we can do as teachers is build relationships.
“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.
What if we just admitted that standardized tests are first designed to suck – and then tried to have fun with them anyway? What if students represented different classrooms with flags and colors (perhaps uniforms) with pump-up music blasting …