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Powerful learning is a relational act; it never occurs alone. Why, then, do we expect our teacher to hone their craft in isolation? In episode 3 of the six-part series, Diverse by Design, we meet two of Crosstown High’s inaugural class of teachers, and learn why they believe that co-teaching is the only way to […]
How active should learning be? How relevant? And what is required of adults if they are serious about expecting that kids will have a different experience — and a different feeling — in that thing we call ‘school’? In a new six-part series from 180 Studio, we witness one community’s efforts to answer those questions. […]
Diverse by Design: Episode 1 (The First Day of School) Posted on | by How do you reimagine something that has looked the same for generations? And what does a diverse society require — and need — in order to support a shared commitment to the common good? In a new six-part series from , we witness one community’s efforts to answer both questions. In the city of Memphis, in a formerly abandoned Sears warehouse, a new school, , is aspiring to model something that hasn’t been seen before — a version of school that looks nothing like the schools most of us attended or experienced, and an explicit commitment to weave together a community of young people who embody the full range of Memphis’s social, economic, and ethnic diversity.
Seeds for a Better World Posted on | by I’m writing a new book with some cool folks — a field guide for a better world. The goal is to translate the core design principles of the natural world, and show readers how to apply those principles in the service of creating better human systems (including, and not limited to, our schools). To do it right, however, we need your help. So here’s the idea, and the challenge: Imagine a small metal tin filled with colorful index cards — sort of like your Grandma’s old recipe box, but in this case, instead of each card showing you how to make peach cobbler or yummy meatloaf, they’re showing you how to build a better world.
It has been more than fifty years since James Baldwin first named the knotted pathology that has ensnared both White and Black America in an intimate dance of mutual self-destruction for, well, ever. “The failure to look reality in the face diminishes a nation as it diminishes a person,” he wrote. America has failed, he said, because it has come to believe its own myths:
The Dream. Equal Justice. The Melting Pot.