Who Said That?

“I am entirely certain that 20 years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today and wonder how we could have tolerated anytihng so primitive.”

Read on to find out.

John William Gardner (Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare) from his 1968 book No Easy Victories.

No, I didn’t read that book. I’ve actually been reading a book called the The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning. I have a wonderful opportunity to move into a brand new, soon to be LEED certified, building later this summer. The opportunities are endless, but this book (full of great quotes like the one above) is a great compilation of current thoughts on education and how designing a space for the learner makes a difference. Put together by education

architects OWP/P, furniture designers VS, and design thinkers Bruce Mau Designs, the book is divided into the following 8 sections:

  1. Basic Needs
  2. Minds at Work
  3. Bodies in Action
  4. Community Connections
  5. Sustainable Schools
  6. Realm of the Senses
  7. Learning for All
  8. Rewired Learning

It’s summer and my pace is a little slower, but hopefully, I’ll get a chance to comment on each section. It’s a great book and reference for educators and the title refers to the environment as the ‘third teacher’. The traditional teacher (or parent) being the first, and peers being the second.


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