Saturday, October 15, 2011

Education research: project-based schools...

The following are excerpts from the Basset Blog, which is the blog of the president of the National Association of Independent Schools.

'"The only time my education was interrupted was when I was in school." - Attributed to George Bernard Shaw.
"It's a miracle that curiosity survives formal education." - Attributed to Albert Einstein.

The quotations above ... capture what many kids experience in too many American classrooms - some inertia point among mental exhaustion, confusion, boredom, and drudgery. ... except for the time between classes, before school, and after school, when you got to do what you wanted to do, with your friends. Wait a minute! That's a novel thought: getting to do what you want to do with your friends in class, not just between and after class." ...

And the solution? He says, "this happens increasingly via real-world, team-based problem-solving, and with engagement in the creative arts fully and vigorously. My grandson Carter is now 12, a seventh-grader attending the Watershed School (Colorado), an experiential and project-based independet school in Boulder."

I've heard about these kinds of "project-based" schools before. I must go find out more about them, see if we have any in our area, and see how much they cost...

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