Pushing back the veil of ignorance hindering humanity and it grasp of its environment--natural, social, political, spiritual--is a goal of educators and teachers from ancient times to the present. Here is where we present the various methods of learning, how schools are best organized, and what kind of values and skills we want to pass on to a younger generation.
Marxism and the Philosophy of Education
16 Video Lectures by Stephen Hicks, Rockford CollegeAccess Here
Two-part Democracy Now video with Michael Klonsky, professor of education and longtime school reform activist in Chicago, and Deborah Meier, a well-known teacher, writer and public advocate.Access Here
Video lecture in four parts by Jason J Campbell, Nova Southeastern University in FloridaAccess Here
Sherry Linkon, co-director of the Center for Working Class Studies at Youngstown State University, addresses the challenge of defining "working class," how the field of working-class studies is integrating multiple disciplines and connecting academic work with activism, and how the field is working to draw attention to the perspectives and experiences of working-class students.Access Here
School Reform: Chicago's Austin Polytech
A 5-minute PBS News Show on a new public school in a poor, all-Black Chicago neighborhood, with unique partnerships related to high-tech manufacturing and community empowermentAccess Here
In this 20-minute discussion starter video, Noam Chomsky explores the purpose of education, impact of technology, whether education should be perceived as a cost or an investment and the value of standardised assessment. Presented at the Learning Without Frontiers Conference – Jan 25th 2012- London. ACCESS HERE
EARLY SOVIET PEDAGOGY: VYGOTSKY'S 'MIND IN SOCIETY'
Lev Semyonovich Vygotsky (1896 – 1934) was a Soviet Belarusian psychologist, the founder of a theory of human cultural and biosocial development commonly referred to as cultural-historical psychology, and leader of the Vygotsky Circle. He proposed a theory of the development of higher cognitive functions in children that saw the emergence of the reasoning as emerging through practical activity in a social environment. Vygotsky also posited a concept of the Zone of Proximal Development, often understood to refer to the way in which the acquisition of new knowledge is dependent on previous learning, as well as the availability of instruction. During his lifetime Vygotsky's theories were controversial within the Soviet Union. The full text of his 'Mind in Society' is included HERE.
Who is behind the effort to privatize education and why are they pursuing these changes? Is there an alternative way to reform our public schools? Discuss these questions with NYC public school teacher and activist, Brian Jones. Jones is a teacher, actor, and activist in New York City. He is the co-narrator of the film, 'The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman,' and a contributing author to the new book, 'Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation' (March 2012, Haymarket Books).
Still Separate, Still Unequal: Racism, Class and the Attack on Public Education, with Brian Jones from N Alexander on Vimeo.