One great quote from the video clip: “In a system that is meant to teach and help the youth, there is no voice from the youth at all.” This is sadly very true about many education systems.

Following on from my previous post Sir Ken Robinson: Changing Education Paradigms, the innovative and effective self-directed learning or Independent projects could be one mode of reforming education for the 21st Century.

collaborative education

I’ll admit that sometimes I can talk a big talk about collaborative education, but not have enough examples of effective and large scale collaboration in a classroom.

But this example is one of the best instance of collaborative education that I’ve seen.  Here we have a real public school in Massachusetts entrusting students to develop their own curriculum, projects, assignments, discussions, and assessments all without the supervision of a teacher.  This semester long program works for passionate students seeking an alternative education experience.  The program covers a variety of topics across all the major disciplines, all of which the students both collectively an independently work on.  This program requires a great deal of drive, focus, and accountability, but the kids in this video are proof that an educational program like this can truly enrich the lives of students.

This program reminds me of the crucial balance between collaboration and independent…

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