Alfie Kohn keynote
During this keynote at the 2011 NewTech Network Annual Conference Alfie Kohn outlines some of the general assumptions underlying standards-driven education and advocates an approach to education that contextualises learning within meaningful projects and creates a curriculum not academic but intellectual.
“If you ask me does project-based learning work? … when should we do co-operative learning?… how should we teach kids to read who are having trouble learning to read?… should we have charter schools and other changes on a macro level?… I come back to you with every question you ask… my response, my number one criteria is what is the effect on kid’s enthusiasm about learning. Their intrinsic motivation, their disposition to learn, their desire to read, play with numbers and ideas.” [4/4] (23:35)