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June 30, 2014

Around the World in 13 Schools

by pdranoff

This past weekend, I read a book titled Around the World in 13 Schools, where a team of educators, researchers and designers traveled to four different continents in search of the most innovative pedagogical models. My conclusions after following their journey through this documentation of their experiences are that there is no single method or formula for education, and that the most appropriate education style varies not only by culture but also by the needs of each student. Most importantly, I learned that students should not be treated as a whole, but as individuals and that ultimately everyone is a student. 

On this week’s reading list are the works of Paulo Freire, which can be found online (and in English!)

The entire book, Volta ao mundo em 13 escolas, can be found (in Portuguese) on this link.

Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Opressed can be found here. This writing is a little more traditional than what we are looking at today, but gives us a sense of the concepts were are still grappling with in terms of education and development.

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