For the Love of Learning Episode #2
Show Title: Changing education from the inside out.
Monday February 9, 2015 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
Tuesday February 10, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am GMT
Sir Ken Robinson wrote:
“The fact is, that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”
~The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
In tonights episode we’ll explore some of the transformations being made to the educational system from the inside out.
We have an incredible panel each with a different perspective, each with a unique approach, but all with one thing in common, the desire to transform the education system from the inside out.
We’ll speak with Anna Brix Thomsen, a teacher who has adopted a philosophy of self directed learning from within the system and who shares much of her discoveries on her popular blog teachersjourneytolife.com. Anna calls herself “a guerrilla teacher by day and a social media activist by night”. She documents her journey daily on a variety of social media sites and contributes to a meaningful and transformative discussion about education. So welcome Anna!
Also we’ll speak with Steve Hargadon, a long-time education advocate, who among many achievements, has pioneered the use of social networking in education and supported and encouraged the development of thousands of other education networks. He is the founder of The Learning Revolution Project, the host of the Future of Education interview series and is currently producing an event in Ashville, North Carolina called Reinventing Education: a “What If…?360” Steve, we are so happy to have you here tonight!
And finally meet Andrew, a father of two grown unschooled children who are both currently attending university. Andrew is a well known passionate voice for change within the education social media landscape, an advocate for attachment parenting, self directed learning and a practitioner of herbal medicine. Andrew, I am so honored to have you here tonight as well!
Anna Brix Thomsen is a teacher and host of the blog A Teacher’s Journey to Life. Anna has over 15 years of experience within the education system including an undergraduate degree in pedagogy and a graduate degree in educational sociology from Aarhus University in Denmark and Stockholm University in Sweden. She is a contributor to the working class think tank The Hampton Institute’s department of education and the independent online sociological journal sociologi.org. Current projects including an impendent publication in the International Journal of Progressive Education’s Handbook of progressive education. Anna calls herself “a guerrilla teacher by day and a social media activist by night”. She documents her journey daily on various social media sites to share her insights and contribute to a meaningful and transformative discussion about education.
Steve Hargadon is the founder and director of the Learning Revolution Project, the host of the Future of Education interview series, and founder and chair or co-chair of a number of annual worldwide virtual events, including the School Leadership Summit and the Global Education Conference, Library 2.0, the Future of Museums, Gaming in Education, and the Homeschool Conference.
Hargadon pioneered the use of social networking in education by creating the Classroom 2.0 social network in 2007, and supported and encouraged the development of thousands of other education networks, particularly for professional development. For the last eight years, he’s run a large annual ed-tech unconference, now called Hack Education (previously EduBloggerCon).Hargadon blogs, speaks, and consults on educational technology, and his virtual and physical events build community and connections in education, with 130,000 members and over 100,000 participant log-ins annually.
Steve Hargadon has been the Emerging Technologies Chair for ISTE, a regular co-host of the annual Edublog Awards, the author of “Educational Networking: The Important Role Web 2.0 Will Play in Education,” and the recipient of the 2010 Technology in Learning Leadership Award (CUE). He have consulted or served on advisory boards for Blackboard, CoSN, Horizon Project / New Media Consortium (NMC), Instructure, Intel, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, MERLOT, Microsoft, Mightybell, Ning, PBS, Promethean, Speak Up / Project Tomorrow, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. State Department, and others typically focusing on educational technology and social networking. A number of corporations and organizations support his events, listed at Web 2.0 Labs.
Reinventing Education: a “What If…?360” Event
“The best way to predict the future,” Alan Kay said, “is to invent it.”
Join us for this two-day opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues from the school, library, museum, and home learning worlds–and anyone interested in reinventing how we think about and facilitate learning. To sign up, go to http://reinventingeducationavl.eventbrite.com.
This event combines the unconference format of Steve Hargadon’s Learning Revolution events with Matt Murrie’s better-than-TED “What If…?360” format of short talks and action collaboration. We hope you will join us for an engaging, dialog-filled, highly-participatory retreat with lots of opportunities for deep-dive conversations.
He is trained in herbal medicine, reflexology, aromatherapy and Reiki and has extensive experience in nutrition. He has a self-sufficient vegetable garden, keeps free-range chickens and has a keen interest in cooking … particularly his own vegetables!
Andrew also has a degree in Maths & Computer Science and worked in IT for 15 years. He still ‘keeps his hand in’, by running a small web design company. He is trained in herbal medicine, reflexology, aromatherapy and reiki and has extensive knowledge of nutrition for disease prevention, having volunteered at a holistic natural healing centre run by the renowned naturopath, Dr Shyam Singha.
Andrew and his wife, Mary-Clare, home educated their twin sons, having practised attachment parenting with them – carrying them at all times and co-sleeping. The boys are now in their 2nd year at University.
“In the mid 1908’s, I read four books which turned out to be completely life-changing for me –The Continuum Concept, by Jean Liedloff; Deschooling Society, by Ivan Illich; Birth Without Violence, by Frederick LeBoyer and Primal Health, by Michel Odent.
I had come to realise that, the world could be different and that I wanted to play my part in helping to change it, with the real agents for change not Governments or any other large organisations, but people – individuals and small groups – concerned people, confident in their own power to effect changes that are needed and move us, slowly, imperceptibly even, but inexorably, towards a future fit for generations to come.
But it is difficult enough to even make small changes in our behaviour, particularly when those changes might start to make us feel different from those around us.
So, if we want to see real change in our world, the best way to start must be to bring up our children such that they are confident enough to not have to express the same opinions as those around them, able to question received opinion and accustomed to thinking differently.
Of course, thinking ‘outside the box’ is always vastly easier if the person was never in a school, where that type of boxed-in thinking is encouraged, in some sort of mistaken idea that imprisonment in a box is valuable training for your future adult life.”
As the late educator John Holt (who was a teacher, but became a staunch advocate of home-based learning) wrote:
“I am convinced that no programme of social and political change that does not include and begin with changes in the ways in which we bear and rear our children has any chance of [saving the World]… The human race, after all, changes with every new generation, and only a generation or two of healthy and happy babies might be enough to turn us around.”
Between website design work and his “real work” in the garden, Andrew is writing a book about holistic green thinking.