The Workshop School Works


npr.org-EVX-2014-300x203In This School, Class Is A Workshop And Experiments Are Mandatory
‘Imagine a school where classes are organized not by subject but by project — a school created not by administrators, but by teachers fed up with the status quo. A school where kids from a city’s toughest neighborhoods are given the opportunity to experiment and the freedom to fail.

‘In West Philadelphia, that school is a reality.

‘The idea started with an innovative project for a few dozen kids at one of Philly’s most troubled high schools, West Philadelphia High School.
The project

The nation’s top colleges are turning our kids into zombies
‘A friend who teaches at a top university once asked her class to memorize 30 lines of the eighteenth-century poet Alexander Pope. Nearly every single kid got every single line correct. It was a thing of wonder, she said, like watching thoroughbreds circle a track.

‘These enviable youngsters appear to be the winners in the race we have made of childhood. But the reality is very different, as I have witnessed in many of my own students and heard from the hundreds of young people whom I have spoken with on campuses or who have written to me over the last few years. Our system of elite education manufactures young people who are smart and talented and driven, yes, but also anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual curiosity and a stunted sense of purpose: trapped in a bubble of privilege, heading meekly in the same direction, great at what they’re doing but with no idea why they’re doing it…’
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A model for indestructible books

The Indestructible Bible
Designed to Withstand the Elements and Last Forever
‘The Forever Bible is touted as indestructible, “a Bible that literally walks on water.” Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, the book is said to be waterproof, dirt-proof, tear-proof and more. It is capable of withstanding the elements so it is guaranteed to last forever. The aims is to create a Bible that will last readers a lifetime amid traveling, accidents and whatever else is thrown at it.

‘The first Bible in history built to last forever, this project presents the most popular book of all time in a new way. A message of hope, love and eternal strength, there are well over six billion copies around the world. This version has been printed using the best materials that exist today.

‘Space Age nanotechnology was utilized to print the Bible–which is also twenty-four times stronger than regular paper–on an advanced paper that doesn’t use any trees. The tome floats on water, while keeping notes and highlighted passages pristine. It holds tightly onto its pages using a superior, patented dual-binding process…’
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