Whither the Political Pluck of the Upwardly Mobile Progressive?

There's a growing class of people who consider themselves enlightened seekers of social justice, who are at the same time quite optimistic for their own rising social and economic status. I call them UMPs: Upwardly Mobile Progressives. Sounds fairly harmless… I believe UMPs are being cultivated as shills and shields for a new plutocratic ruling … Continue reading Whither the Political Pluck of the Upwardly Mobile Progressive?

I. AIMS – What educational aims do we strive for? (Curriculum Rationale, Part 2)

_______________________ I propose constructing a framework of regulating ideals* such as the following, inspired and informed by Montessori scientific pedagogy, but borrowing from several other frameworks, interweaving diverse student centered pedagogies, to create a learning ecology. AIMS of our learning communityThe big three (Agency / Creativity / Wholeness) are spinoffs of Laloux/WilberI. Agency (Autonomy, Competence, … Continue reading I. AIMS – What educational aims do we strive for? (Curriculum Rationale, Part 2)

Toward a sane and defensible design and implementation of emergent curriculum (draft)

The challenge in defending emergent curriculum is that the educational aims of Agency, Creativity, and Integrity fly directly in the face of any promises of predictable and certifiable content coverage. Officially sanctioned and accelerated content coverage is the evil stepchild of the union of the empty vessel metaphor with scientism, the conviction that greater accountability … Continue reading Toward a sane and defensible design and implementation of emergent curriculum (draft)