Students disappeared from classes when they lost internet. A rural Colorado school district’s creativity got them back online. Alamosa School District saw no end to the growing digital divide, as parents lost jobs. Then the community came together for a temporary solution. by Tamara Chuang, Colorado Sun, Jan 7, 2021 Marsha Cody calls it a “Christmas miracle.” Two days before …

An alternate approach to music education: Kodaly and Orff methods

Welcome to Musical U!Before you dive in, did you know that we offer a Free Checklist to help you become more musical? You can learn to play by ear, sing in tune, become more musically confident, and more… but first you need to know what your current strengths are and how to focus your efforts. The Musicality Checklist will give you the clarity you need to …

10 Things You Should Know About Socialism

Richard Wolfe, 2020, Yes Magazine. Capitalism replaced slaves and serfs with employees, masters and lords with employers. It is no historical surprise that employees would end up yearning and fighting for something better. That something better is socialism, a system that doesn’t divide people, but rather makes work a democratic process where all employees have an equal say and together …

How to reconnect urban and rural America. Also, education…

A Marshall Plan for Rural America, local journalism and local recovery, Launch a new development corporation, to invest in local vision and leadership through long-term block grants at the community level and innovative financing tools that give communities a fighting chance to strengthen and renew their local institutions, economies, and vision. Create a national rural strategy, elevate White House and interagency leadership, and undertake a set of specific and targeted …

The Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Learn Anything

Choose a Concept Teach it to a Toddler Identify Gaps and Go Back to The Source Material Review and Simplify (optional) Farnam Street by Shane Parrish Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash Two Types of Knowledge There are two types of knowledge and most of us focus on the wrong one. The first type of knowledge focuses on knowing the name of something. The second focuses on …

Reality is a Commons

Our greater understanding of the Earth as alive and interconnected At the beginning of 2020, David Bollier published a blog post on “The rise of a New Animism” (read it here). Recognising the historical problems of animism as a Western-centric concept, Bollier suggests that ‘New Animism’ which “sees the experience of life as a dynamic conversation among the creatures and natural systems of …

Start-up bets on new model for putting electric school buses on the road

Sarah Shemkus November 2, 2020, US Energy News Duncan McIntyre, left, CEO Highland Electric Transportation, stands by as Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill speaks during a ceremony unveiling the first electric school bus for the Beverly school district, Thursday, Oct 8, 2020. © David Sokol / USA TODAY NETWORK Highland Electric Transportation has partnered with a Massachusetts city to provide electric …

Know Justice Know Peace Resolution approved in Denver Public Schools calls for consistency across the district in assessing and revising curriculum to create “transformational, humanizing, anti-racist and asset-based” lessons in every school subject

Colorado Sun, Oct 22, 2020 The Denver Public Schools Board, while sporting matching T-shirts, voted unanimously Thursday night to enact a historic resolution that weaves the narratives and knowledge of Black, indigenous, Latino and other communities of color into every part of the district’s curriculum. The Know Justice Know Peace Resolution, which was first announced in September, calls for consistency across …

The Battle Over Dyslexia

The method for diagnosing dyslexia, known as the discrepancy model, was relatively straightforward: test a child’s IQ and their reading age, and if there was a discrepancy between the two – average-to-high IQ, low literacy – that child was dyslexic. Elliott felt unsure about these assessments. The children he tested for dyslexia all struggled to read and write – that …

A useful education today must instruct us in our creativity so that we do not turn it over to others and so that we use it for purposes that are life-giving and life-affirming (biophilia) rather than destructive or death-affirming (necrophilia)

By Matthew Fox, Aug 23, 2030 A useful education today must instruct us in our creativity so that we do not turn it over to others and so that we use it for purposes that are life-giving and life-affirming (biophilia) rather than destructive or death-affirming (necrophilia) When Hildegard of Bingen was very sick, she had an overwhelming experience of a …