Since the beginning of time, education has been identified as one of the keys to the success and stability of a society. But, why do we do it, really? How do we do it effectively? How do we measure its effectiveness? Responses to these and other questions have been the subject of debate for just as long. In the nearly 250 year history of education in the United States, those debates have resulted in a few leaps forward, but those leaps have largely centered on who has access to education and how we measure student progress. We still largely group students by age. We still organize and measure learning by siloed disciplines. And, we still largely deliver education as if all students are the same and empty buckets to be filled. Most attempts as improving education in this country have revolved around how to do these things better. This proposal challenges many of those assumptions and explores the next stage of development for American (and global) education… to do better things. Specifically, this session will explore an educational model that challenges some of the fundamental questions about education:
The responses to these and other questions are informed largely by a few key resources: Report of the Committee on Secondary School Studies: Appointed at the Meeting of the National Educational Association, July 9, 1892: with the Reports of the Conferences Arranged by This Committee and Held December 28-30, 1892. Government Printing Office, 1893. Robinson, Ken, and Lou Aronica. Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up. Penguin Books, 2016. Dintersmith, Ted. What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers across America. Princeton University Press, 2018. Ravitch, Diane. Slaying Goliath: the Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools. Vintage Books, a Division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2020. Robinson, Ken, and Lou Aronica. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. Penguin, 2010. PETRILLI, MICHAEL J. HOW TO EDUCATE AN AMERICAN: the Conservative Vision for Tomorrow's Schools. TEMPLETON PRESS, 2021. Rose, Todd. The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness. Penguin Books, 2017.
Jason Boone ALEP, Assoc. AIA, MCPPO, Senior Associate & Educational Facility Planner, Dore + Whittier Architects
Jason has nearly twenty-five years of experience as a classroom teacher and educational facility planner. He is a leader in the A4LE organization and serves in several different capacities. Jason facilitates Harvard Graduate School of Education's Learning Environments for the Future. He holds a bachelors of science in Secondary Mathematics Education and a Masters of Architecture degree from the Boston Architectural College. He is also an Accredited Learning Environment Planner.