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High School Stinks

CJ Westerberg, January 6, 2011 11:29 AM


"Schools can teach us how to learn . . ."      Chris Lehmann

Science Leadership Academy Breaking the Mold
Slide Show & Video Below

by C.J. Westerberg

Chris Lehmann, principal at Science Leadership Academy (SLA) in Philadelphia, shares his presentation which was given to an audience of non-educators at the recent TEDxPhilly conference. "High School Stinks"* is a gem and takes about a minute so check it out below.

When you have a bit more time, do check out Lehmann's TED talk, also below.  Video runs about twenty minutes but skip to the 1:45 where the talk actually begins.   In a hurry?  Do the flip - tune in at 17:42 mark and watch the last few minutes where the fireworks go off and check it out in full later.   
Lehmann doesn't just hit the education system hard, and then run, however.  SLA is featured as one of the "Apple in Education" profiles in this video giving an overview of how technology (okay, Apple) is used as a tool to transform learning and as an extension of the SLA  philosophy with some impressive results. 

For those unfamiliar with SLA, here is a descriptive from the site:

The Science Leadership Academy is a partnership high school between the School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute. SLA is an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st century learning that opened its doors on September 7, 2006.

SLA provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students at SLA learn in a project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection are emphasized in all classes.

  • CJ Westerberg

    Received enough calls to include this as an integral link to the high school story - everyone is right - Big Picture Learning gets kind of lost in the Bill and Melinda Gates aura - check out the last half of this post - Not to be missed ---


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