Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Gever Tulley Says Students Are Over-Protected

Gever Tulley (left) started a summer program called the "Tinkering School" six years ago that will now become a full-time school in San Francisco called "Brightworks".

Speaking at the TEDx East conference in New York City on May 9, 2011, Tulley explained the learning arc (Exploration, Expression, and Exposition) (shown here (right) in his journal) used to structure the curriculum of the school.

To get a sense of Tulley's philosophy, click on the heading above to see an earlier TED talk in which he talked about 5 dangerous things you should let your children do. These are drawn from his book "50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do)".

Brightworks is a school that reimagines the idea of school. It is scheduled to open in September 2011, and will offer a one-of-a-kind K-12 curriculum: students explore an idea from multiple perspectives with the help of real-world experts, tools, and experiences, collaborate on projects driven by their curiosity, and share their findings with the world. Brightworks does away with tests, grades and homework, instead supporting each student as they create a rich and detailed portfolio of their work. Brightworks offers a sliding-scale tuition option to all applicants.

Brightworks is built on the premise that a school should serve as a learning commons and a community workshop, an intellectual and creative heart of the neighborhood it resides in. Brightworks will also offer after-school, evening and weekend workshops for children and adults.

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