The most powerful image this week, for me, was the idea of the garden, Venturing into a garden with our children, I found it profound to consider that we don’t “create a developmentally appropriate garden for them”(Jardine, 2011).
From this point, I found that Logan Lamont “Hackschool” was able to bring about what Jardine proposed:”How can we imagine the topics listed in the curriculum guide as rich, generous, living topics, living topographies that are full of enough room for the full range of difference and diversity that we might bring to them, including, it must be added, the full adult attention of the teacher as well?” (Jardine, 2011).
Logan’s passion for hacking, I think, is due to the current carnegie unit approach to education. 125 hours to earn 5 credits is the only way for a high school student to effectively learn. Logan shared how he could spend as little or as much time as he wanted to on a subject. Now he does give extreme, costly examples (job shadowingi n a ski shop), however, it showed him the importance of needing to know math in the real world. It’s important to him because he is “stoked” about it and he’s learning new things too.
Now seeing Logan’s video, as a parent and administrator, makes me want to take all of our grade 9’s to Jasper for weather experiements and skiing whilst learning the angles need for an appropriate half pipe, however, I know that Logan’s vision needs polishing at a system level. I think that starts at the classroom level with teachers working in PLCs to creating enriching, engaging experiences of learning for their students. The power of collaboration can createively unwrap curriculum in inquriy based lessons.
Jardine, D. (1999-2011). On the nature of inquiry: Choosing a topic. Retrieved from http://www.galileo.org/tips/inquiry_topic.html
Latoure, L. (2013). This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46La-hV_PLs