A call for more experimentation in education. Be different!
When schools are like prisons, we train prisoners. What if we could capture the power of 'peer-pressure' to push teachers & students to become better? The charter schools in California get the same $7500/year, per student, that regular schools do, yet High-Tech High School has a low 20:1 student-teacher ratio, and FIVE (count them) College Councilors (*one for every 100 students). With their 'great room' and transparent class-rooms, the project-based learning makes students extremely comfortable with presentation and social-skills. They learn math and english DEcontextualized, embedded within other subjects like history and science, for their projects.
Look for "How to Teach Us" on Coursera
Most Likely to Succeed - the Documentary about High Tech High Schools at Sundance Films
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Carly mitchell, 12th HTHI
Elena Hoffman, 11th HTH
Kai Anderson, 12th HTH-Media Arts