by James Bailey |

For Self Schooling, 2017 was a year to see if there be a constituency for changing, not just how we teach K-12, but what we teach K-12. That meant publishing an app and two books along with a web site and a modest, albeit it expensive, introductory pr initiative. Compared to even a base line new product introduction, (these run $200,000 for pr alone) it was a pin prick, but potentially enough to connect to others who share the concern that we are preparing the current generation of students for a world that no longer exists. If that constituency exists at a scale sufficient to engage the forces of inertia, Self Schooling failed to find it.

So it is back to the drawing board, leaving the current materials in place, but accepting that today's kids will be given the same Sputnik-era education their grandparents got. The three 2017-2018 projects outlined in the web site—bringing deep learning down into the K-12 curriculum, exploring the potential of true ecology simulations, and addressing the contemporary role of "truth"—still feel like worthy goals. Work on deep learning curriculum materials is well along and feels promising, but that alone will fill the school year, with the two other initiatives still to follow. It is also worth probing as to when and why the educational system lost the capacity to reform itself.

Selfschooling is grateful to the Twitter followers who kept abreast of the work to date. 


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