I wanted to the T’vier students to understand that while their school differs from traditional Flemish schools, they were connected to a larger, global community of students who were experiencing new ways of learning, connecting, communicating, and participating as responsible and active citizens.
“What is a new reality and how do you build it?” is one of our most frequently asked questions. A new reality is one in which participants have “more voice, more choice, and more responsibility.” There are as many ways to build a new reality as there are stars in the sky. Therefore, the best […]
In his original post, BANR founder Ted Wachtel gives his overview of the folly of school grading. It’s a good introduction to the foundational BANR belief that it’s long past time that we re-examine our slavish devotion to the traditional classroom.
Revisiting the first post on this blog, which lays out the framework of this foundational idea to the BANR concept and explains the genesis of this movement before it even had a name.
It is important to understand that if the selected student does not take their role seriously, the group can vote them out at any time. But the point is that no one who wants to learn a skill set or take on a responsibility is written off and denied an opportunity.
It always amazes us how quickly these very different students, who would not typically associate with one another, become friends.
In our work, we found that critical leadership has regularly come from students who struggle with homework, making friends, or speaking in public. They worry us at first, but prove us wrong by showing up for meetings, listening to their teammates, and following through with the things they say they will do.
Democracy In Practice is changing the way student governments are formed and how they work, making them more diverse and representative of student bodies.
There is a plethora of ideas among those of us who are interested in building a new reality, using strategies with different names and in different settings, but all with a common thread—an emphasis on opportunities for people to talk to each other.
If you’ve been following this latest series about Kenneth Danford’s upcoming book, Learning Is Natural, School Is Optional, and had serious doubts about that whole concept…welcome to the club.