A human-centered education:
Build human-centered classrooms around four valuesRemind yourself that shared values, rather than shared beliefs, are what matter when it comes to interacting with others, and that there is no replacement for doing the hard work… More:
What is the Human Restoration Project?
- Learning is rooted in purpose-finding and communityWhat I have always been hoping to accomplish is the creation of community.Community is magic. Community is power. Community is resistance.Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century https://www.amazon.com/Disability-Visibility-First-Person-Stories-Twenty-First-ebook/dp/B082ZQBL98/ https://www.amazon.com/Disability-Visibility-Adapted-Young-Adults-ebook/dp/B08VFT4R9T/… More relevance.
- Social justice is the cornerstone to educational success.
- Dehumanizing practices do not belong in schools.
- Learners are respectful toward each others innate human worth.
Learning is rooted in purpose-finding and community relevance.
Cultivate purpose-driven classrooms by promoting experiential learning & community connection.
Research supports what teachers intuitively understand: that students ask fewer questions the longer they remain in school and engagement steadily declines over time.
“Promoting curiosity in children, especially those from environments of economic disadvantage, may be an important, underrecognized way to address the achievement gap. Promoting curiosity is a foundation for early learning that we should be emphasizing more when we look at academic achievement.”
At the same time, rates of depression and anxiety have steadily increased to become among the most diagnosed mental health disorders in children. Kids who feel isolated from school and their community frequently drop out turn to self-harm and self-medication through alcohol and drugs.A Human-Centered Education: Cultivates Purpose-Driven Classrooms – YouTube
Dehumanizing practices do not belong in schools.
End dehumanizing classroom practices by lessening & removing grades, homeworkAs a rule, the point of homework generally isn’t to learn, much less to derive real pleasure from learning. It’s something to be finished.The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get… More, and behaviorismUltimately behaviorism provides a simplistic lens that can’t see beyond itself.Why is the doctrine of behaviorism still being used, at all?How can ABA be the gold-standard for autism when it… More.
Assigning a grade instead of purely focusing on feedback leads to decreased motivation and understanding, lower academic achievement, and increased rates of cheating. We may not ever be able to get rid of grades entirely, but diminishing the salience of grades and gradingGrades tend to diminish students’ interest in whatever they’re learning. A “grading orientation” and a “learning orientation” have been shown to be inversely related and, as far as I can… More is necessary if we desire to shift from a teacher-centered language of grading to a student-driven language of learning in the classroom.
Where behaviorism fails to foster agency it simultaneously creates a framework for excluding neurodivergentNeurodivergent, sometimes abbreviated as ND, means having a mind that functions in ways which diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.”NEURODIVERSITY: SOME BASIC TERMS & DEFINITIONS Neurodivergent is quite… More and disabledThe label “disabled” means so much to me. It means I have community. It means I have rights. It means I can be proud. It means I can affirm myself… More students while enabling the policing of students from non-dominant cultural, linguistic, and racial backgrounds.A Human-Centered Education: Ends Dehumanizing Practices – YouTube
Social justice is the cornerstone to educational success.
Inclusive classrooms are more than a legal obligation. Inclusion means instruction and assessment are created with a universal design“Sure,” they say, “with enough humiliation we can allow you to do things differently, as long as you understand that we’ll never consider you an equal part of the school.”… More in mind, one that draws from perspectives and ways of understanding beyond white, middle-class heteronormative and neurotypicalThe existence of the word neurotypical makes it possible to have conversations about topics like neurotypical privilege. Neurotypical is a word that allows us to talk about members of the… More perspectives and supports students in varied means of acting on and expressing their learning.
Nearly every nation on earth has been impacted by a history of colonization. In the United States in particular, we must also contend with the legacy of genocide, slavery, segregation, and inequityEquityA commitment to action: the process of redistributing access and opportunity to be fair and just.A way of being: the state of being free of bias, discrimination, and identity-predictable outcomes… More built into the foundation of our country. This history manifests today in part through the racialized outcomes of the prison-industrial complex and dehumanizing culture of policing imposed on all of our institutions, including school.A Human-Centered Education: Demands Social Justice – YouTube
Build a human-centered world.
Build a human-centered world: focus on collaboration over competition & ensure a thriving public education system.
While schools exist as a microcosm of society, schools also exist in dialogue with society and as a multiplier of its generative and destructive traits. When societies adopt the language of the market that rewards competition over collaboration, conflict over solidarity, and short-term individual gain over long-term mutual sustainability, it should not surprise us when school policies and practices reflect the same.
Think of how we describe academic achievement in schools through the language of scarcity – achievement gaps, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, good schools vs failing schools, student loan debt, GPAs and class rank – the socioeconomic context of any of these metrics is inseparable from what they purport to measure and reward. And what they communicate is clear: that children who grow up in proximity to wealth reap the academic and socioeconomic benefits.A Human-Centered Education: Builds a Human-Centered World – YouTube
It’s 100 seconds to midnight.
In January 2020 – in what now seems like a prophetic forecast for the distressing year to come – the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced to the world that it was “100 Seconds to Midnight”:
“It is 100 seconds to midnight. We are now expressing how close the world is to catastrophe in seconds – not hours, or even minutes. It is the closest to Doomsday we have ever been in the history of the Doomsday Clock. We now face a true emergency – an absolutely unacceptable state of world affairs that has eliminated any marginFor me this space of radical openness is a margin a profound edge. Locating oneself there is difficult yet necessary. It is not a “safe” place. One is always at… More for error or further delay.”
It’s never been enough to “prepare every learner for a lifetime of personal success”, but a pedagogy of normalcy seems particularly maladaptive for the challenges our students will face.
So what does a human-centered education look like 100 seconds from midnight? What is it about the world that is worth preparing students for, and are we dedicated to the work of building that better world alongside them?100 Seconds to Midnight: The Need for a Human-Centered Education (Full Documentary) – YouTube
Let’s reimagine education.
As the atomic clock nears ever closer to midnight, we cannot rely on young people to save us. The threats of our world today cannot be remedied by a “return to normalcy”, an imagined nostalgia for the way things once were. This was always a mythos of classrooms past that promoted some students while letting the restWe urgently need a society that’s better at letting people get the rest they need.Fergus Murray WIP by Kristina Daniele I’m in pain. Mental. Physical. The result’s the same. Retreating… More fall through the cracks.
The future depends on educators, in coalition with other movements to create an equitable society, to demand and make change here in the present.
What will education look like in 2040? Well, in the absence of action, this is the future. Taking proactive steps toward change can make the differenceOur friends and allies at Randimals have a saying, What makes us different, makes all the difference in the world.Randimals We agree. Randimals are made up of two different animals… More between surviving and thriving in that future. Our present dehumanizing conditions are the result of the accumulation of decisions made by individuals and propagated through systems. So too can the process of humanization work to create positive change:
The Challenge Ahead: A Call to Action for Progressive Educators – YouTube
- You can promote curiosity without demanding high-stakes test scores.
- You can engage learners without grades.
- You can encourage and normalize iterative failure while ensuring no one gets left behind.
- You can build spaces of cooperation within a society that has normalizedNormal was created, not discovered, by flawed, eccentric, self-interested, racist, ableist, homophobic, sexist humans. Normal is a statistical fiction, nothing less. Knowing this is the first step toward reclaiming your… More competition.
- You can have hope in spite of darkness.
Further readingThere are three types of reading: eye reading, ear reading, and finger reading.The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child’s Confidence and Love of Learning Most schools and… More,