logy. However, having said that, I would say that there is a strong sentiment in agreement with what you are saying .... that the educational system is not free of the same kind of corruption that we know exists in other american institutions. But that culture has grown up over decades and will be very hard to change. One barrier is that states have adopted curriculum standards, and teachers are not allowed to teach non-approved curriculum. Most web-based curriculum has not been vetted by the states, so it can't be used to supplant the so-called "adopted" curriculum. I am not an expert in this field, but from what I see, school districts are required to go through a fairly rigorous textbook adoption process on a regular basis, and can only adopt curriculum from a pre-ordained list of materials. So, as things stand now, the idea of finding free curriculum just isn't going to fly.
I hope someone with more knowledge than I have will jump in and give you a more authoritative response to your very important ideas.…
and Time Space Education
Co-Presenter Name(s): Chad Walsh
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: South-East Asia and East Africa
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): Primary/Elementary Educators
Short Session Description (one line): Harnessing the power of student passions and interests by bring them into our classrooms and curricula.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
Many of our students view school and life as two separate worlds. By giving them the chance to work on "Passion Projects" or "Genius Hour", they are able to see that much of what they love to do is actually learning. By allowing them to pursue their own interests in schools, they see where their world fits into the curriculum we are helping to navigate their way through. They become empowered as learners and they understand the processes of learning in a way that transforms them.
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ion in what we are teaching. There is no way to improve what you are doing unless you know what you are doing. In many districts, the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing because there is no centralized, accessible, articulated map of what is actually taught, when it is taught, if it is taught, and how long it is taught, K-12 or horizontally.
Curriculum mapping must happen in every district, and it must be a priority.…
et) I am sceptical as to whether it is the current leaders who can answer these questions. I think our students and their parents, if we can set them free from what they "know" about education will have the creative ideas - and that then it is for the systems to figure out how they adapt.
As I wrote in another post - when schools in Scotland asked students to help design the next school they stalled the process when they designed drop in centers. There is a world of these examples. When New Zealand invested years in studying what was needed next they designed competencies: http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-documents/The-New-Zealand-Curriculum/Key-competencies
When I visited the UN last year for Future(s) I came away thinking that very well meaning people were entrenched in reiventing the wheel.
I look forward to your thoughts,