We're training kids to do what computers do, which is spit back facts. And computers are always going to be better than human beings at that. But what they're not going to be better at is being social, navigating relationships, being citizens in a community. So we need to change the whole definition of what success in school, and out of school, means.
NPR:A new book for kids caught my eye, My First Kafka: Runaways, Rodents, and Giant Bugs.
You present something you call the 21st-century report card. And it contains six C's, which I've seen versions of elsewhere: collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation and confidence. But what's new is the way you relate these skills to each other, and also, you've described what they look like at four levels of development.
Good editorial from the Islands' Sounder about how the Orcas Island Education Foundation has been shoring up schools on Orcas and other islands for years.
OIEF is committed to providing funding to the Orcas School District when the state has failed to do so.There's a new parent group at Garfield, One Hundred Black Parents, that's out there but the only info I can find is a sign-up page. Anyone know anything about this group?
Thanks to OIEF, our students' school experience is enriched with classes in such topics as guitar building, theater, debate and physics.
The foundation also oversees two very special programs: Arts for Orcas Kids, known as A-OK, and Farm to Cafeteria. A-Ok brings local artists into the classroom to bring visual arts to life, and Farm to Cafeteria allows students to maintain the 8,000-square-foot school garden. In addition, school meals are now entirely cooked from scratch and include local produce, fruits and meats.
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