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The Questions

A few nights ago, a small group of educators who really inspire me, from across the spectrums of schooling/unschooling and popular education/political education, met to share a little piece of our stories with each other. We ended up generating a fantastic list of big questions that we have been sitting with. Here is just a sampling I'd like to share:

  • What does a pedagogy for building social movements look like?
  • What projects currently exist that reflect transformative education?
  • What is education? Where are the edges? What is the learning ecology we are aspiring to?
  • What do we need to unlearn in order to support the diversification of our learning landscapes?
  • How do we promote systemic change/transformation? What are the vehicles or catalyzing forces? What is the role of schools?
  • What are examples of where mind/spirit/mind/body are effectively being engaged in the Bay?
  • What opportunities exist for intergenerational learning? Popular education? Community-based learning?
  • How do we transition schools from where they are to where we want and need for them to be?
  • Where do we want to be?
  • What are relevant skills to be learning in the 21st century? What are relevant competencies?
  • What’s the context we’re living in right now?
  • What other kinds of educational spaces are we aware of/envisioning?
  • What’s working?
  • What are our assumptions about what works and what doesn’t?
  • What’s the role of “degrees”? What are alternative pathways of learning/skill-building/credentialing?
  • What is at the intersections of economies and education?
  • What is the role of place (people, land, local economies) in developing an educational pedagogy?
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