New York Times on the ‘Independent Project’: ‘School as Learning Commons’ in action

March 21, 2011 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

There was a great comment piece in the New York Times last week that described a radical experiment in education that’s taken place in Massachusetts – with great results.

This paragraph, from the beginning of the piece, gives a flavour – it’s all very exciting stuff:

We want young people to become independent and capable, yet we structure their days to the minute and give them few opportunities to do anything but answer multiple-choice questions, follow instructions and memorize information. We cast social interaction as an impediment to learning, yet all evidence points to the huge role it plays in their psychological development.

via Let Kids Rule the School – NYTimes.com.

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