From Spiral Curriculum to Spiral Learning?

In the 1960’s, Bruner argued that curriculum should be designed as a spiral, with learners of all ages and abilities capable of learning key concepts at varying, intensifying levels of complexity as they develop.  This idea validated the capacity to learn what matters as inherent in all people in a rather radical way. Today, in […]

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What is Grassroots Learning?

I am thinking about learning as a form of grassroots organizing: change at the root, within a person and thus, necessarily, between people.  It can also start with change between people that creates change within them.  It works both ways! Learning links people up, anew, within and around themselves. In Donna Haraway’s words, “We become accountable […]

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Is Kindness Everything?

In the array of contemporary lawn signs found in my neighborhood, one presents a list of statements under the line: “We Believe:”  The list include convictions I ardently share, including “Black Lives Matter,” “Science is Real,” and “Love is Love.” It ends with one I question: “Kindness is everything.”  Every time I see one of […]

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Is It Sustainable?

Sometimes the question, “Is it sustainable?” is posed in the name of being responsible, measured, sober.  Not getting carried away.  But it’s a more complex question than it seems, a question that depends very much on timing, scale, and context.  If you’ve ever started something, you know that it’s usually a messy process — glad […]

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Talking with Students about Ungrading: What is the Real Deal?

     This week, I talked with three of my students from last year.  Margo, Alexandra and I taught them in the course we created and led with a group of co-educators. “Community Learning Collaborative: Practicing Partnership” (otherwise known as Education 200) is the first in the Education sequence, designed to introduce students to the […]

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