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Is This The Best High School in America?

CJ Westerberg, October 19, 2017 6:10 PM


A classic from The Daily Riff
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How this peek into a different kind of school may change your view of what education should look like. Phillips Exeter, Harvard Westlake & Lawrenceville may be taking notes from this San Diego charter school leading the  wave.

  • What about composition?

    I would like to see what the writing instruction looks like at this high school. I know it is harder to capture visually in an interesting way, but there was no mention of it in the video at all.

    While critical thinking and verbal communication are huge priorities, written communication should be considered one of the top 5, if not 3 since so much of our world is now web-text-based. If we do not revolutionize English Language Arts with the rest of education, then students will compartmentalize school into the fun collaborative projects and the boring book work.

    Innovative education in Lang Arts and Math are the venues through which our entire system of education can be changed. If we don't revolutionize those areas, then we're just putting different frosting on the same old cake.

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Indeed, knowledge that one will be judged on some criterion of "creativeness" or "originality" tends to narrow the scope of what one can produce (leading to products that are then judged as relatively conventional); in contrast, the absence of an evaluation seems to liberate creativity.
Howard Gardner, Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School,from Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity as Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Gandhi
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