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Critical pedagogy: schools must equip students to challenge the status quo | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional The pedagogy popularised by E.D.Hirsch, and recently promoted by the likes of Civitas, reduces teaching into nothing more than a bleak transmission model of learning. Hirsch's theory focuses on what he calls "cultural literacy". He argues that all students need a "core knowledge" so they can develop into better citizens. It's Hirsch's belief that if children aren't taught such cultural literacy at home, responsibility for it should lie with schools. But Hirsch's "cultural literacy" is a hegemonic vision produced for and by the white middle class to help maintain the social and economic status quo. Moreover, teaching a prescribed "core knowledge" instills a culture of conformity and an insipid, passive absorption of carefully selected knowledge among young people. Social stagnation through education is epitomised by the recent influx of Teach First practitioners. Teachers can't ignore the contexts, culture, histories and meanings that students bring to their school.

EBOOKS | Free Ebooks & Software - Part 2 Every year, network marketing companies and teams spend thousands on marketing plan training because many people simply find marketing plans today too confusing or people just don’t take network marketing serious enough to be well equipped.Isn’t this alarming? Consider this:· Would you be in a profession if you don’t know your career path?· Would you work in a job if you don’t know how much you are getting paid?· Would you give away money for free?We all know the answers to these questions, BUT, in network marketing, proper understanding of the marketing plan (not only yours but others in the industry) will not only save you lots of time, but will also determine the rest of your network marketing career! Why organic gardening… the dependence on chemicals is removed. Looking for a way to build muscle? Do you or someone you know the true secrets body to try to build? There ‘has finally created a new book just for people like you! (more…) (more…) (more…) I empathize with you, my friend.

The Cutting Edge: Overcoming the Crisis of Civilization: Five Revolutions Last November I did a talk at a seminar hosted by The Crisis Forum, at St Ethelburga's Centre for Peace and Reconciliation (Climate Change and Violence Workshop 7: Avoiding climate change violence: What is to be done? ). I spoke not just about the latest state of the evidence on environmental and energy crises, along with their inherent interrelationships with food and economic crises; I also addressed the increasing problem of state militarisation as an inevitable outcome of the current, failed business-as-usual approach to dealing with these crises. In the latter part of the talk, I spoke about the five tentative "revolutions" or "transformations" which are taking place in disparate parts of the world, albeit only in embryonic form, and the immense potential they hold for an alternative, sustainable civilizational paradigm. The talk was filmed, and recently put up on video.

Educacao&Tics Money and the Crisis of Civilization [An RS Encore Presentation] • Suppose you give me a million dollars with the instructions, "Invest this profitably, and I'll pay you well." I'm a sharp dresser -- why not? So I go out onto the street and hand out stacks of bills to random passers-by. Ten thousand dollars each. In return, each scribbles out an IOU for $20,000, payable in five years. I come back to you and say, "Look at these IOUs! Now I've got a big stack of IOUs, so I use these "assets" as collateral to borrow even more money, which I lend out to even more people, or sell them to others like myself who do the same. Then one day, the first batch of IOUs comes due. So finally, the government steps in and buys the IOUs, bails out the insurance company and everyone else holding the IOUs and the derivatives stacked on them. This is the first level of what has happened in the financial industry over the past decade. I think we all sense that we are nearing the end of an era. Now enter interest.

Cutucando o paradigma… Neste meu nono artigo no blog vou dialogar, de forma talvez um pouco provocadora, com três artigos que me vieram parar nas mãos nos últimos dias. Há, a meu ver, um tema comum a perpassar os três. E esse tema me faz lembrar de Ivan Illich e Sociedade Sem Escolas (1971 – a tradução literal do título do livro de Ivan Illich seria Desescolarização da Sociedade)… E me sugere algo do tipo: “The school is dead! Long live learning”. (O artigo é longo. O primeiro dos três artigos é um instigante texto de Rosa María Torres, educadora equatoriana, diretora do Instituto Fronesis. O texto discute sutis diferenças de ênfase entre dois movimentos iniciados pela UNESCO nos últimos anos, Educação para Todos e Aprendizagem ao Longo da Vida. Educação para Todos foi (na verdade, ainda é) um movimento iniciado pela UNESCO em 1990, na Conferência Mundial da Educação de Jomtien, na Tailândia. Entre essas metas estavam: Em primeiro lugar, fala-se agora em aprendizagem, não em educação. Concluindo…

The global Transition tipping point has arrived - vive la révolution | Environment Last Friday, I posted an exclusive report about a new NASA-backed scientific research project at the US National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (Sesync) to model the risks of civilisational collapse, based on analysis of the key factors involved in the rise and fall of past civilisations. The story went viral and was quickly picked up by other news outlets around the world which, however, often offered rather misleading headlines. 'Nasa-backed study says humanity is pretty much screwed', said Gizmodo. Are we doomed? Doom is not the import of this study, nor of my own original research on these issues as encapsulated in my book, A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilisation: And How to Save It. Of course, there are those who go so far as to argue that humanity is heading for extinction by 2030, and that it's too late to do anything about it. Neoliberal-ostrichism Overshoot and inequality are part of the same failing system Why is this happening? Death throes of fossil fuels

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CSC | Webcasts for Educators - Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat Webcast:November 29, 2007 Today's students live in the information age. They are bombarded with vast amounts of information in a variety of forms and must become critical consumers and users of information in order to be successful in school and beyond. Critical literacy allows students to be active and challenging participants as they respond to texts of all types. It provides students with a lens through which to look critically at written, visual, spoken, multimedia, and performance texts, to challenge the intent and content, and to get the most enjoyment and deepest meaning out of text. In relation to classroom practice, students' learning experiences must help them to assume a critical stance when responding to or creating texts. This webcast will explore what critical literacy is, why it is essential, and what it might look like in an elementary classroom. This webcast is intended to promote professional dialogue and positive action toward improving student achievement. Featuring:

Freedom After 30 Years on Death Row - Andrew Cohen A case involving a black man convicted by an all-white jury in Louisiana decades ago may be reopened. A 1984 photograph of Louisiana death row inmate Glenn Ford, who may soon be exonerated (James R. McClure/Caddo Parish Indigent Defender Office) UPDATE: Glenn Ford was indeed released from prison late Tuesday afternoon local time. ORIGINAL STORY: Glenn Ford, a black man wrongfully convicted of murder by an all-white jury in Louisiana in 1984, a man who has spent the last 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit following a trial filled with constitutional violations, is on the verge of being set free. Ford's dogged lawyers and enlightened parish prosecutors in Shreveport both filed motions late last week informing a state trial judge that the time has come now to vacate Ford's murder conviction and death sentence. Any exoneration is remarkable, of course. Louisiana also relied on "experts" to build its case. There was no murder weapon found. Ford was quickly convicted.