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Critical thinking. Active teaching. Education for whole human beings, not just the left side of the brain, and not just in the classroom.

The significant learning benefits of getting rid of grades (essay) For the last decade and a half, I’ve engaged in anthropological research on higher education, identifying several challenges and mismatches between what we know about learning “in real life” and learning in college.

The significant learning benefits of getting rid of grades (essay)

In my most recent book, “I Love Learning; I Hate School”: An Anthropology of College, I identified a number of ways that formal education has led to a lack of learning. Colleges promote credentials, obedience and the sorting of haves and have-nots, but not necessarily learning. People kept asking me what I would do to improve things. And I said that if I could make one change, I would get rid of grades. I’d been making some efforts in that direction, but still I fretted over how to make my pedagogy align with my theoretical understanding of how people learn. Home - Mind and Life Institute.

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Free Courses. Education and Critical Thinking Documentaries. Transforming Higher Education for a Sustainable Society. Shutting Down the Rainbow Nation: #FeesMustFall. Pay Off Your Student Loans With Volunteer Work Through SponsorChange. Amid the great music and movies (and, yes, parties) that will light up Austin, Texas, next month during the South by Southwest festival, a small nonprofit called will receive a community service award for finding a way to help college graduates battle student loan debt by volunteering.

Pay Off Your Student Loans With Volunteer Work Through SponsorChange

If you have a student loan (and we're guessing you do—the researchers at say seven of 10 college students who graduated in 2013 owed money on a student loan, averaging nearly $30,000 in debt each) or would love to help others knock down those payments, you'll want to know about SponsorChange. Here's how it works: Graduates with student loan debt sign up to volunteer at organizations that need manpower. The grads help their community by putting in hours toward that organization's goals. Then donors who have also signed up at SponsorChange reimburse volunteers by paying down their student loans.

Hampshire started SponsorChange in Pittsburgh in 2009. Hackschooling makes me happy: Logan LaPlante at TEDxUniversityofNevada. Ucation Resources Information Center. NotesFAQContact Us Collection Thesaurus AdvancedSearch Tips Privacy | Copyright | Contact Us | Selection Policy | API. New Opportunity to Join the Zapatista Freedom School. A few days ago, Zapatista Subcomandante Moises sent a communiqué with updates about the upcoming Zapatista Freedom School, to be held from August 12-16 in the Zapatista Autonomous Communities (“caracoles”, which is the Spanish name of “snails’ conchs” referring to the spiral of History).

New Opportunity to Join the Zapatista Freedom School

A total of 1,700 students from across all the continents will be attending, from South Africa to Canada, as far away to Brazil or Germany. Due to the high demand, new School cycles will be opened in December. The Zapatistas' first school opens for session. Yesterday, 1,700 students from around the world enrolled in the first Zapatistas school, held at the University of the People’s Land of Chiapas.

The Zapatistas' first school opens for session

(WNV/Moysés Zúñiga Santiago) Last December, tens of thousands of indigenous Zapatistas mobilized, peacefully and in complete silence, to occupy five municipal government office buildings in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. That same day, which coincided with the end of one cycle on the Maya calendar, Zapatistas released a communiqué, asking, “Did you hear it?” A World At School. Teach C.R.E.A.T.E. Center for Anti-Oppressive Education. Research, sustainability and learning. EDU. Demand the Impossible! La Educación Prohibida - Película Completa HD.

Reevo. Where Your Class Meets The World. Green School. 7 Free Education Websites You Don't Want to Miss. Udacity - 21st Century University. Learn Science at Nature. Globaïa. Europe > Welcome. Proposal for MIT Global Environment Initiative seeks public comment. As the world’s population continues to expand, our natural resources will become increasingly strained.

Proposal for MIT Global Environment Initiative seeks public comment

In an effort to find sustainable solutions for the planet’s growing population while minimizing environmental impacts, MIT’s Environmental Research Council (ERC) has put forward a detailed implementation plan to establish a Global Environmental Initiative to complement the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI). The interdisciplinary, faculty-led council presented the plan to the MIT community last Thursday in a forum held at the Kirsch Auditorium in the Stata Center. Council members outlined an initiative that would bring together MIT’s “core strengths” across campus to help solve the world’s pressing environmental challenges, from mitigating climate change to curbing contamination and maintaining fresh water supplies.

In the areas of climate and oceans, MIT already has a strong foundation of interdisciplinary collaboration. Sustainable Development – Earth Charter Initiative. Principle 14 of the Earth Charter emphasizes the importance of “Integrating into…education and life-long learning the knowledge, values, and skills needed for a sustainable way of life”.

Sustainable Development – Earth Charter Initiative

Education is fundamental to the mission of Earth Charter Initiative. ECI has therefore created the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. The Center deepens students’ and program participants’ understanding of sustainability vision and practice, and build the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values they need to shape a sustainable future. Kamana Naturalist Training Program Public Homepage - Kamana Onli. Education for Sustainability.