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HoneyFern School (www.honeyfern.org) in Marietta, GA. The dissidents have always been my cup of tea, the ones who don't quite fit in for whatever reason (2E, airy creative types, radical thinkers - you name it). I felt like many gifted kids were being marginalized in the gifted classes by motivated high-achievers who were not necessarily gifted, and the classes were getting watered down (less critical and abstract and more focused on lots of material quickly, like an AP class). On the other hand, some were so inclusive that they were really nothing more than a regular class: too slow, with the gifted kids reading for most of the period.

I am a believer in the concept of public education, but I couldn't stay anymore, and I couldn't let my daughter stay anymore either. Hard to start a private school in the middle of a recession, but we get stronger every year!

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Well, maybe I used the wrong word...probably more realistic than cynical!

How great that you did that!
What school and where?
That is truly more than taking a step on the road of reform.

Mark

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I am so NOT cynical about the concept that I left and started my own school. Kids have a voice, and they use it, which is the opposite of what I left.

I am so NOT cynical about the

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I am so NOT cynical about the concept that I left and started my own school. Kids have a voice, and they use it, which is the opposite of what I left.

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Mike...I agree, but....

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I strongly agree with you regarding standardization. We do need to individualize education to meet the needs and match the learning style of each student. But, as you and I both know, the road to doing that will be a long one and will require far more support for public education than we now have. And, as another reader noted, some attitude changes as well.

BUT, in the meantime, classes meet next Monday, in the schools we have. What changes can take place immediately that, in small ways, improve the quality of what is taking place in each classroom? Yes,macro changes are needed. Between the vision which many of us have, and the reality, most schooling today, there is a vast highway on which we can continue to take small steps in the right direction. As a teacher in one of my favorite episodes of "My So Called Life" said, "yes, but what are you going to do now, today?"

Thanks for your care about all of this Mike, and for your response.

My best,

Mark

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This issue is a great way to hi-light the need to end the standardization of education. We're going to realize this too late, as a society. I think the modern world has plenty of strengths. But some of the greatest value in the "olden times" has got to be the opportunity for people to truly learn by living & doing. We have got to learn of a way to truly marry the two......on a large scale. As long as the social norms and traditional expectations for what education is "supposed to look like", we won't be as strong of a society as we could be.

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Donna...

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Thank you, and I couldn't agree more!

Mark

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Thanks. I really do understand some of your justifiable cynicism. I do think that it can help more kids to be motivated to find and use their voices if (a) we positively recognize and reward those kids who speak up and don't punish kids for speaking back to us...thus effectively modeling for the others and subtly encouraging them, and (b) provide safe opportunities for others to do so, using teaching techniques that positively provoke students' thoughts and feelings.

The books I mentioned are a big help in all of this.

Attitude may not be everything, but , yes, it sure is a big part of this.

Again, thanks for your response.

Mark

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I agree that changing standardized education needs to happen, and fast, and I can also tell you that once changed, things will get worse before they get better. Our current students have been institutionalized for so long that they don't know how to think or make decisions about what truly motivates them. They are so used to being mediocre and doing the minimum that it is a struggle to get them to go beyond and really tap into their talents.

I do agree, too, that attitude is everything, starting with the teacher, but including the student as well.

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to change a kid's bad attitude almost always requires an open curious supportive attitude from the adults in his/her life

Agreed, but

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This issue is a great way to hi-light the need to end the standardization of education. We're going to realize this too late, as a society. I think the modern world has plenty of strengths. But some of the greatest value in the "olden times" has got to be the opportunity for people to truly learn by living & doing. We have got to learn of a way to truly marry the two......on a large scale. As long as the social norms and traditional expectations for what education is "supposed to look like", we won't be as strong of a society as we could be.

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