The source of intellectual growth is conflict: conflict between an old belief and a new experience, conflict between two beliefs that prove to be mutually exclusive, or conflict between your belief and mine.
Alfie Kohn, The Schools Our Children Deserve (1999)

Grace Rubenstein

Failing Our Kids: How We Are Ruining Our Public Schools

Mon, 02/04/2008 - 12:05 -- admin

Our public schools are in danger of collapse, and if they do, we will all pay the price.

Healthy public schools are essential for a healthy economy and creating informed citizens. But we are neglecting our schools in a perversely malicious way: making impossible demands on them, strangling them financially, creating trivial changes for the sake of ideology, avoiding necessary changes, and just plain ignoring them.

John Abbott and Heather MacTaggart Discuss Why Children Concern Us All

Thu, 01/31/2008 - 12:58 -- admin

John Abbott and Heather MacTaggart discuss why the education of children is a concern of the whole society.
Featured in this video:
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.

John Abbott on Biological Adaptation vs. Cultural Change

Thu, 01/31/2008 - 12:31 -- admin

John Abbott speaks on the ways that biological adaptation interacts with human culture.

Featured in this video:
John Abbott is the President of the [[http://www.21learn.org/|21st Century Learning Initiative]], an initiative to facilitate the emergence of new approaches to learning in the United Kingdom.

The changelearning website project emerged from the collaboration of John Abbott and Heather MacTaggart, the Executive Director of [[http://classroomconnections.ca/|Classroom Connections]], a Canadian non-profit educational organization dedicated to optimizing student learning.

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