College Unbound

I spend a lot of time in conversations about how to improve high schools.  In these conversations, it is almost always assumed that the best measure of a high school’s success is whether students go on to college.  But there is usually very little critical thought or dialogue about whether colleges are healthy places for young people to go on to…  Or whether colleges are really preparing them well for the rest of their lives.

I’ve worked with Big Picture Learning in a variety of capacities over the last several years.  About four years ago, Big Picture took on the challenge of breaking the college mold to design a new institution that would offer young people experiences that were more educationally fulfilling and did a better job preparing them for successful careers and civic engagement.

I recently wrote an article for about what Big Picture’s new college has achieved in its first few years.  Here’s a preview, click on it to see the full piece…

2 Responses to College Unbound

  1. Claire B November 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Permalink |

    Thanks for your work and wisdom on this! It’s great to see people who aren’t just making the existing structure better, but actually rethinking the very definition of what success means in a way that can create a whole new system.

  2. Ms. Art Ed. March 20, 2012 at 10:14 am | Permalink |

    Our educational systems were established during the period of enlightment under the circumstances of the industrial revolution and have not evolved. When I hear about other contemporary minds contemplating the absurdity of these so called “educational” systems, it gives me hope that one day our children will be ready for the complex world we have created.

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