Monthly Archives: February 2012

Promoting innovation and evidence-based approaches to building resilience and responding to humanitarian crises

At the end of 2011, the United Nations called for humanitarian assistance to be both scaled up and made ‘smarter’ as global emergencies continued to expand in both frequency and complexity.  DFID has launched a new strategy to meet this … Continue reading

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What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland’s School Success

Since the 1980s, the main driver of Finnish education policy has been the idea that every child should have exactly the same opportunity to learn, regardless of family background, income, or geographic location. Education has been seen first and foremost … Continue reading

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Stop Stealing Dreams – what is school for?

The economy has changed, probably forever. School hasn’t. School was invented to create a constant stream of compliant factory workers to the growing businesses of the 1900s. It continues to do an excellent job at achieving this goal, but it’s … Continue reading

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Bloom’s Taxonomy: Critical Thinking Skills for Kids

We all want our children to use necessary critical thinking skills. Thanks to Bloom’s Taxonomy, parents can help develop and strengthen their child’s thinking abilities at home. Unfortunately, teachers and parents are more likely to ask children questions at the … Continue reading

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Peer Instruction – Interactive Learning

Interactive pedagogy, for example, turns passive, note-taking students into active, de facto teachers who explain their ideas to each other and contend for their points of view. (“The person who learns the most in any classroom,” Mazur declares, “is the … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Unschooling: Report I

Five months ago, in September, 2011, I posted an essay (here) introducing readers to the unschooling movement and inviting unschooling families to participate in a survey. The survey questionnaire–which was posted on Pat Farenga’s Learning Without School site and Jan … Continue reading

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Co-versando sobre cómo es que somos seres amorosos

Co-versando con una pregunta que tiene que ver con cómo es que somos seres amorosos, siendo que podemos vivir en el dolor, la rabia o la envidia. En este co-versando, los fundadores de Matríztica – Humberto Maturana y Ximena Dávila … Continue reading

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Athena’s Community Library

Athenaeums, after all, are social libraries, cornerstones of a community where you don’t just borrow books – you can visit cherished antiquities, hold talks, attend parties – and even bring your dog. “Fundamentally, the Athenaeum is about community,” he says. … Continue reading

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The Fight of the Century

The decline in resources available to support societal complexity will generate a centrifugal force breaking up existing economic and governmental power structures everywhere. As a result there is a fight brewing—a protracted and intense one, impacting most countries if not … Continue reading

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The Emerging Science of Connected Networks

Complexity scientists have made great strides in understanding the behaviour of single networks. Now they want to know what happens when networks become connected to each other. In the last decade or so, the study of networks has had a … Continue reading

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