I originally explored Edutopia because I was looking for support and resources for my own efforts to make my own science department a more supportive place for my students' creativity, agency, and initiative. The site actually comes up (still) in searches for project based learning, authentic assessment, and makerspaces.
I find an empty wasteland, mostly empty discussion pages dominated by directors who wholly serve the corporate education reform agenda. Where I look for courage and clarity, I find apologists, evasions, excuses, and servility.
My district, my school, my low-income community and my very classroom are under attack. When I stand up to that, for the students I teach, where are all you other dreamers and visionaries?
A fine university's engineering department has an NSF grant to promote makerspaces for communities like mine, but the corporate reform juggernaut has its heel on my district. They won't allow us to sign on, because they know they have to prepare for the PARCC assessments. Will you help us do it anyway? If you actually support empowering children and teachers to create visionary change, you have to stand up and take a position against scary people like Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, Jeb Bush, Arne Duncan, and David Coleman.
Is there anybody here who wants to offer resources and support to build opposing visions?
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