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Name: Paul Grobstein
Date: 2005-08-12 17:19:38
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David laid out his sense of the problem and some solutions in his essay With Friends Like These. For another route to similar places, see my own This Isn't Just My Problem, Friend and Getting It Less Wrong. For some additional materials on Serendip perhaps relevant to thinking about resistances to non-traditional science and math education and how to respond to them, see Science As Story Telling in Action.
Among the things that struck me during our San Jose conversation was not so much the obvious, that we share a strong commitment to non-traditional science and math education, as that half of us have direct experiences with resistance to it and the other half suspects they will encounter resistance. What are the (multiple?) origins of such resistance? And the productive (equally multiple?) ways to meet it? Is the kind of engaged, process oriented science and math education we favor good for everyone? Whom does it put at risk and how should those risks be dealt with?
If we're really serious about our commitments, these are questions that have to be raised and faced squarely, openly, and creatively. And, ideally, together. "Education is a little about the replication (reproduction) of oneself; when it is too much of that; it is not a good thing. But if we can see friends (and students as friends) as far more than ourselves, we may be taking a step necessary to the improvement of education, and the civic condition, itself."
Looking forward to seeing what we can make, together, as friends. Among ourselves, and with and for others who may happen by and find they share our interests and concerns.
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Name: Terry R. M
Date: 2005-08-21 07:30:00
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Date: 2006-11-16 10:37:54
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