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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


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


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

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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."

Applying Innovative Tech To Education: A Final Reflection

The three buzzwords that best describe the past 7 weeks are: adapt, re-mix, and MAKE.  Coming off the heels of CEP810, in which we learned about the role of repurposing in education, CEP811 allowed us to adapt the technologies through the filters of learning theories.   706 more words

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News From Utopia: William Morris and A.S. Neill

“You let your children run wild and didn’t teach them anything; and in short, you have so far refined your education that now you have none.” 1,199 more words


Cooking Balls! Da' MOOC

Cooking provides a great number of benefits.  Skills and techniques picked up over years of practice enable cooks to bring friends together and to try new things.   2,136 more words

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Just When I Think It Is Not Enough

This weekend was a holiday for us. November 11th was Remembrance Day. We had friends from out of town visiting this weekend, we have had family dinners, we have slept in and relaxed. 614 more words

The boys in action.

It’s been almost a full year since I wrote my last blog. And things have changed.

After almost 3 years of unschooling (if you don’t count the occasional wobble where I agree with the boys to ‘do Maths’ for a few days, so that their dad and I feel better) I think we have reached a major milestone. 401 more words

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