Edwin C. Darden
John Abbott and Heather MacTaggart Discuss Why Children Concern Us AllThu, 01/31/2008 - 12:58 -- admin
John Abbott and Heather MacTaggart discuss why the education of children is a concern of the whole society.
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John Abbott is the President of the [[http://www.21learn.org/|21st Century Learning Initiative]], an initiative to to facilitate the emergence of new approaches to learning in the United Kingdom. Heather MacTaggart is the Executive Director of [[http://classroomconnections.ca/|Classroom Connections]], a Canadian non-profit educational organization dedicated to optimizing student learning.
-Persian proverbFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:52 -- adminDrops that gather one by one, finally become a sea.
-John W. GardinerFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:51 -- adminThe cynic says, “One man can’t do anything.” I say “Only one man can do anything.”
-Ethiopian ProverbFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:51 -- adminWhen spiders unite, they can tie down a lion.
-Chinese ProverbFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:50 -- adminThose who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
-Jacob RiisFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:49 -- adminLook at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.
-David KriegerFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:49 -- adminWe have reached a point in human history that demands more from each of us. It is not just leaders who make history. It is all of us. By our decisions each day we help shape the world, for better or for worse. On the path to building a better world, a first step is to choose hope. It is only a first step, but it is a critical one, one that will provide the impetus to move forward. There is much to do and you are needed more than perhaps you can imagine.
-Frederick DouglassFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:48 -- adminWithout struggle, there can be no progress.
People have a right and a duty to point out where -Crandall Kline Jr.Fri, 01/18/2008 - 12:47 -- adminPeople have a right and a duty to point out where our national policies are mistaken.
-Don MarquisFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:47 -- adminThe chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.
People have a right and a duty to point out where -Crandall R. Kline Jr.Fri, 01/18/2008 - 12:46 -- adminPeople have a right and a duty to point out where our national policies are mistaken.
Critical reflection is a form of action. -Paolo FrereFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:46 -- adminCritical reflection is a form of action.
-Albert EinsteinFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:44 -- adminSetting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.
-Angela DavisFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:44 -- adminRadical simply means grasping things at the root.
-Eric YoungFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:43 -- adminIf history shows us anything, it’s that the obdurate world does yield. Change—surprising and sometimes radical change— does happen. The world does turn on its head every once in a while. And what seemed almost impossible looking forward seems almost inevitable looking back.
And if we are to be any better, now is the time to-Alfred TennysonFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:43 -- adminAnd if we are to be any better, now is the time to begin.
-GandhiFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:42 -- adminA small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
The first step is to penetrate the clouds of decei-Noam ChomskyFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:41 -- adminThe first step is to penetrate the clouds of deceit and distortion and learn the truth about the world, then to organize and act to change it. That's never been impossible and never been easy.
-Scot AdamsFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:41 -- adminIf you seek to influence someone, don't waste time giving advice. You can only change what people know, not what they do.
-Hellen KellerFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:40 -- adminI am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.
-Eldridge CleaverFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:40 -- adminYou are either part of the problem or part of the solution.
-Andy WarholFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:39 -- adminThey always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
-Margaret MeadFri, 01/18/2008 - 12:38 -- adminNever doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, indeed it's the only thing that ever has.
Educational Reform for Today and Tomorrow“So, how do you connect the short term and the long term? How do you deal with today and tomorrow?” Andy Hargreaves discusses the role of both short-term and long-term strategies in instigating meaningful educational change.
(Source: Canadian Education Association)
Getting It Right for Adolescent Learners: A Call to ActionInspired by events and conversations at their 2006 symposium, theCanadian Education Association developed this site to create a meeting place for Canadians interested in exploring how we can get it right for adolescent learners. The site highlights principles that represent what we know about how best to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of adolescents in our schools and makes recommendations for action by educators, schools, government and education associations.
why hasn't anything changed?Changing large systems is difficult. When you grow up and succeed within the traditional system, it’s hard to see what’s wrong and it’s even harder to imagine that we can do it any other way. Traditional schooling models are entrenched in our collective psyches and in our culture and, as a society, we have invested a great deal in keeping them the way they are. Sometimes, it’s easier to rally behind the very loud voices of “educational reform” than to dig deeper, think longer term and contemplate a complete re-envisioning of the system as we know it.
The Need for ChangeOver 40 billion dollars a year is spent in Canada getting our children from Kindergarten to Grade 12,[i], yet over 40% of our youth fail to meet expected performance levels for basic subjects[ii] and almost one quarter of our children fail to graduate with their peers.[iii]. Students are disengaging grade by grade[iv], a trend illustrated by their increasing dislike for school[v], declining academic achievement[vi] and rising rates of teenage depression[vii] and suicide[viii]. Contrary to Canada’s most fundamental democratic tenets, minority and low-income children are the hardest hit[ix].
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