Saturday, February 14, 2015

Reality Pedagogy

"Transforming the role of education is not about what people outside education do and think about to make it different. It is about what you do in the lives of young people to allow them to envision new possibilities...Choice means creating a possibility for yourself and embarking on a mission on your own, it is not taking what somebody else has created for you"
"If we want a better world, a healthier world, what we have to do is confront young people with the realities of the world around them..make them realize that people are making decisions about them without them...let them realize that there is pollution in the environment..let them understand that climate change is happening, not just have them memorize information..memorizing information and being comfortable in that space, means that you are not being innovative. You will never fight and to fight you first have to feel the pain...we remove the pain from the experiences and this just makes them feel better, but if you make them feel better but you are not giving them a thing to fight for, a new opportunity, a new future, then what is the purpose?" -- Great inspiring presentation.
Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has teamed up with the GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan in a Hip-Hop meets science project titled Science Genius, aimed at utilizing the power of hip-hop music and culture to introduce youth to the wonder and beauty of science.
In the second video Chris breaks down FIVE steps that could revolutionize teaching and engage students in learning. He calls this method REALITY PEDAGOGY -- This is all very fascinating.

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