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Who Should Adapt: Students to School or School to Students?

Education policy is dominated by people who themselves did well in school. As a result, they believe conventional school must be OK and that students should adjust to it. Students give a different view. But nobody much listens to them, or thinks the job of educators and policy makers is to adapt school to the students.

The Old and the New: A Learning Revolution

A remarkable vision of schooling and learning rebuilt around the potential of digital electronics, by Mike Smith. At the time of writing, Mike was in charge of education for the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. Smith in 1990 wrote the initial, defining paper on standards-based systemic reform.

The Aims of Education (Whitehead, 1929)

Culture is activity of thought, and receptiveness to beauty. Scraps of information have nothing to do with it. We should aim at producing people who possess both culture and expert knowledge in some special direction. Their knowledge will give them ground to start from, and their culture will lead them as deep as philosophy and as high as art.

Academic Competitions: A Learning Experience Outside School

What do students' out-of-school learning experiences tell us about how we could design in-school learning models and education policy? Academic competitions are a largely-unexplored aspect of student learning. Such competitions deserve additional attention from researchers, educators, and policy leaders.

Life Is Not a Standardized Test

A former district official and college president argues for re-setting objectives and assessments for both college and high school. "We have fallen into the trap of valuing what we measure," he says, "rather than measuring what we value". Education is about critical thinking, analytical reasoning and problem-solving.

Virtual Education Growing Up: Five Online Schools Already Operating in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin some districts are pulling home-schooled students into online schools set up by the districts.

Inside Avalon School: Creating and Sustaining a Democratic Learning Community

If you want to know more about Avalon (a school with collective teacher autonomy) without visiting in person, this is probably the best you could do. A compilation of stories, studies and other publications by people who have been there; the founders, current advisors, former students, and national researchers. Edited by Hamline University Education Professor Walter Enloe, Avalon Alumna Holly Marsh, and educator David Pugh from Golden Hill Alternative Learning Center.