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Deschooling Day 1

Today we just hung out at home. I’ve been pretty busy the past week and needed a slow day. I spent the day creating this fine blog you see here, reading, pinning things to my ever-growing… 219 more words

Unschooling

Cliff Diving

Oy vey. We did it. After staring off the precipice for some time, we made the leap and decided to give unschooling a try. We’ve just jumped; our toes have barely left the edge. 324 more words

Unschooling

Education Reform: Not Just a Right-Wing Issue

Many folks on the left, who identify with teachers’ unions, hate to criticize government schools, except to demand more funding, less testing, and more autonomy. Now, I would agree with two of the three; there is evidence that the barrage of testing is stealing time which children could use to learn. 296 more words

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Erich Fromm- Man For Himself

Our moral problem is man’s indifference to himself. It lies in the fact that we have lost the sense of the significance and uniqueness of the individual, that we have made ourselves into instruments for purposes outside ourselves, that we experience and treat ourselves as commodities, and that our own powers have become alienated from ourselves. 79 more words

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The Importance of Recognizing Student Difference

Last night I watched the film, Shine Like a Star on YouTube.  The setting for the film was in India; in some Indian schools, with class sizes of 40 plus students. 248 more words

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Leanne Simpson and Glen Coulthard on Dechinta Bush University, Indigenous land-based education and embodied resurgence

https://decolonization.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/dechinta-interview.mp3

This is the edited transcript of a conversation that took place in Edmonton, AB on October 18, 2014. You can listen to the full conversation with the MP3 above, or read the transcript below! 5,446 more words

Nick Montgomery reblogged this on cultivating alternatives and commented:

Just listened to this interview with Leanne Simpson and Glen Coulthard about Dechinta, an indigenous land-based education course in Dene territory. The Decolonization journal has a whole issue out this month on land-based education, available here. Here is an excerpt from the interview, where Coulthard points to the limits of Western education and analysis, and the transformative power of indigenous land-based learning: "We’re trying to make these reconnections with students and our traditional territories in order to formulate a critical analysis of our colonial present and its effects in Denendeh and in the North. And it’s through those practices that we come to understand what’s wrong with the forms of colonial economic and political development in the North, insofar as they obliterate those relationships of reciprocity that dictate our understanding of land. You can get only so far teaching in a primarily cognitive sort of way through ‘traditional’ sources and literatures that you use in university. I found as an instructor – who also learns so much every time I go – that I didn’t really get, for example, the critique offered by the Dene of capitalism in the seventies, until I started that experiential kind of relationship with the land through these land-based practices. I had learned as much as I could in the archive, talking to people, and reading about that history, but it was only when I started to commit myself to re-learning those practices and re-embedding myself in those social relationships with place, that I understood in a more concrete and embodied way, what was wrong with the forms of economic development that have come to be dominant in the North and elsewhere."