What is the best way to encourage learning and curiosity? Are today’s political leaders in the best position to prescribe curricula that will produce tomorrow’s leaders? Are test scores really an adequate measure of whether our schools are succeeding? In three separate interviews, visionaries Eric Utne, Dee Dickinson, and Ron Miller bring news from the frontiers of innovation in education. You’ll hear how breakthroughs in neurological science are reaching teachers as they design their learning plans. You’ll discover unexpected ways artistic expression affects intelligence, and explore the amount of adult guidance that best facilitates a child’s enthusiasm for learning. In the era of “No Child Left Behind,” Ron Miller sounds a hopeful note as he describes a movement toward holistic education “aligned with the cultural creative movement, the more sustainable, ecological, transpersonal ways of thinking that have been coming out in our society. Those get a lot of press. But holistic education is just not out there in the public.” That’s about to change as this program hits the airwaves. (Hosted by Justine Willis Toms) Part of the Reimagine Growing Up Series
Eric Utne has been a Waldorf educator, and is the publisher of Cosmo Doogood’s Urban Almanack, which helps city dwellers connect with nature and their neighbors. Dee Dickinson has a background in teaching and school administration and is the C.E.O. and founder of New Horizons for Learning, an online resource for teachers. Her many publications include the book Creating the Future: Perspectives on Educational Change (Accelerated Learning Systems 1991). Ron Miller has been an author, editor, and publisher in alternative education since 1988. He is the founder of the Holistic Education Review and founder and president of the Foundation for Educational Renewal.
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- What cost kids pay when they learn to read too early
- How adolescent rebellion can help you understand the essence of a child’s spirit
- What input your family and your community can have in your school’s curriculum
- How the tools we use change our I.Q.
- How an educational rights movement could bring values and ideals back into schools
Program Number: 3091 Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 5/16/2005