Inspiration

“With the advent of democracy and modern industrial conditions, it is impossible to foretell definitely just what civilization will be twenty years from now. Hence it is impossible to prepare the child for any precise set of conditions. To prepare him for the future life means to give him command of himself; it means so to train him that he will have the full and ready use of all his capacities; that his eye and ear and hand may be tools ready to command, that his judgment may be capable of grasping the conditions under which it has to work, and the executive forces be trained to act economically and efficiently.”

This is from “My Pedagogic Creed” (1897) by John Dewey. It is just one of many of his quotes that can inspire us. This one is particularly compelling in its timelessness.

On Tuesday, May 29, I had an amazing day at work. I was so excited about my Portfolio Project that I could hardly talk about anything else. I came underprepared to my class and ended up having a discussion with my students about progressive education. It was invigorating. Later that evening I got an email from one of my students. Here is a quote from it:

“I just wanted to tell you how awesome your ideas are and I am grateful to have teachers that are so invested in what it means to be a progressive school. Sarah and I have been talking a lot about curriculum (more in terms of diversity in the curriculum as it applies to issues like discussions around race and specifically white privilege, than about what you were talking about today; BUT, nonetheless, we have been talking about how GDS could become a better progressive school). *Wow that was a huge run-on sentence…

When you started talking today it gave me hope that maybe things like student lead seminars could actually happen.

What you proposed today, about not going to college, was something I had never thought of and I’m still thinking about what that could be like/mean. I wonder if that will be the future of education…. Quite possibly …  “

How awesome is that? Looks like there is another project for us on the horizon! That is what I love about this…

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