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The peak oil crisis: the energy trap
"…most government policies aimed at helping with energy costs - tax rebates on efficient vehicles, subsidized public transit & telecommuting, benefit mainly those with higher incomes…

If there is a way out of the energy trap, it is going to be hard to find. For now most of us are muddling along. Long vacation trips are down a bit but commuting, shopping, visiting, moving the kids about is going along about as usual. Those who can't afford driving, shopping, recreation, and eating are cutting back as much as necessary to keep the gas tank full.

The long term solution to all this is rather straight forward -- better public transit, far more efficient cars, housing closer to work. But these are all long term solutions, expensive and years to implement. All indications are that the energy trap can only get worse, perhaps much worse, in the next few years."
energytrap  energy  us  publictransit  masstransit  missedopportunities  2011  peakoil  government  policy  longterm 
october 2011 by robertogreco
What Schools Can Learn From Google, IDEO, and Pixar | Co. Design
"What would it mean for schools to have a culture centered on design thinking and interdisciplinary projects instead of siloed subjects? What if the process of education were as intentionally crafted as the products of education (i.e., we always think about the book report or the final project, but not the path to get there). What if teachers were treated as designers?"
education  learning  design  creativity  innovation  google  schooldesign  ideo  pixar  hightechhigh  larryrosenstock  crossdisciplinary  interdisciplinary  multidisciplinary  projectbasedlearning  missedopportunities  tcsnmy  lcproject  2011  pbl 
august 2011 by robertogreco
Three Cups of BS - By Alanna Shaikh | Foreign Policy
"While much of uproar has been over lies Mortenson peddled, I can't help wondering: Why, exactly, did we ever think his model for education, exemplified in Central Asia Institute, was going to work? Its focus was on building schools—that's it. Not a thought was spared for education quality, access, or sustainability. But building schools has never been the answer to improving education. If it were, then the millions of dollars poured into international education over last half-century would have already solved Afghanistan's—and the rest of the world's—education deficit by now.

Over last 50yrs of studying international development, scholars have built large body of research & theory on how to improve education in developing world. None of it has recommended providing more school buildings, because according to decades of research, buildings aren't what matter. Teachers matter. Curriculum matters. Funding for education matters. Where classes actually take place? Not really."
gregmortenson  schooldesign  developingworld  education  policy  teaching  curriculum  whatmatters  funding  CAI  centralasiainstitute  sustainability  accessibility  international  global  buildings  2011  toldyaso  missedopportunities  tcsnmy  lcproject  pop-upeducation  schools  schooling 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Luke's Commonplace Book ["Particularly disturbing is the introduction of the PowerPoint into schools."]
"Particularly disturbing is the introduction of the PowerPoint into schools. Instead of writing reports using sentences, children learn how to decorate client pitches and infomercials, which is better than encouraging children to smoke. Student PP exercises (as seen in teacher guides and in student work posted on the internet) typically shows 5 to 20 words and a piece of clip art on each slide in a presentation consisting of 3 to 6 slides - a total of perhaps 80 words (20 seconds of silent reading) for a week of work. Rather than being trained as mini-bureaucrats in the pitch culture, students would be better off if schools closed down on PP days and everyone went to the Exploratorium. Or wrote an illustrated essay explaining something." —Edward Tufte
edwardtufte  lukeneff  powerpoint  edtech  teaching  schools  learning  writing  experience  wastedtime  pitchculture  classideas  missedopportunities 
march 2011 by robertogreco
The Race To Somewhere « The Free School Apparent
"My criticism of the film comes from the feeling that it does not go far enough. I had two boys with me and they just acted as if this was not their problem. And it isn’t. Because they are involved in the process of curing this disease. They are students of a Free School. … the only school profiled [The Blue School] as a solution to this monumental problem, can only be afforded by the upper class. The mere fact that I did not see a brown skinned face amongst their student body, signaled to me that this was not for everyone. … There are many grassroots efforts and individuals who are actively working to form an approach to educating that will serve a wider spectrum. The Village Free School in Portland, The Free School in Albany, the many Sudbury Schools. There is John Taylor Gatto, Matt Hearn, Chris Mercogliano, Jerry Mintz from AERO and others whom I would have loved to hear from in this film. There was no word from the home-schooled or unschooled."
racetonowhere  freeschools  unschooling  deschooling  reform  education  schools  change  gamechanging  blueschool  learning  missedopportunities  johntaylorgatto  matthern  democratic  schooling  schooliness  brooklynfreeschool  sudburyschools  villagefreeschool  aero  chrismercogliano  jerrymintz 
december 2010 by robertogreco
Infrastructural Ecologies: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works : Places: Design Observer
"In prioritizing private over public transportation and short-changing cleaner energy projects, ARRA has undercut the Obama administration's claim to support a green economy. Still more worrisome, unbalanced investments that favor the old over the new position us unfavorably in comparison to other industrialized nations, which are investing heavily in public transit and renewable energy. [4] Worse yet, they perpetuate America’s disproportionately high per-capita carbon dioxide emissions: approximately 20 metric tons to Europe’s 9 and India’s 1.07. [5] Ultimately, of course, ARRA was more stop-gap compromise than comprehensive vision — and no doubt the hard-fought result of tense partisan politics. Still, ARRA 2009 will be remembered as a tragically missed opportunity at a pivotal moment in national history."
hillarybrown  architecture  infrastructure  investment  urbanism  post-industrial  landscape  ecology  future  planning  barckobama  2009  arra  economics  policy  publicworks  construction  design  transportation  us  comparison  europe  missedopportunities  public  publictransit  emissions  sustainability 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Wanna Improve Education? Demolish the Classrooms | Co.Design
"Who removed the classrooms? Apparently, the Danish government did. In 2005, the Danish government established a new vision for the secondary school reform. This pedagogical reform boldly promotes innovation and self-directed learning in the Danish education system by recognizing this millennium's shift to an ideas-based global economy.

3XN’s design for Ørestad College is a novel interpretation of agility and openness where the architecture complies with the pedagogy of individualized and interdisciplinary learning. The prototypical factory model with its self-contained classrooms is replaced by an environment that features a diversity of spaces that flow into one another. The design promotes reflective, collaborative learning that mimics the way teenagers think, learn and socialize."

[No qualms with the philosophy, but this design? I see a lot of lounging and computing, but where can these kids build things and make a mess? Plus, seems like a lot of flash and wasted space.]
trungle  denmark  education  lcproject  architecture  schooldesign  schools  schooling  innovation  tcsnmy  learning  self-directedlearning  open  pedagogy  design  missedopportunities 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Robert Reich (Slouching Toward a Double Dip or a Lousy Recovery at Best)
"irony is that had there been no bank bailout in 2008-09, no large stimulus & no extraordinary efforts by Fed to pump trillions of $ into economy, we’d have had another Great Depression. & because it would have sucked almost everyone down with it, nation would have demanded larger & more fundamental reforms that might have lifted everyone & set US & world on more sustainable path toward growth & shared prosperity: rebuilding of nation’s infrastructure & alternative energies, single-payer health care, cap on size of big banks & resurrection of Glass-Steagall, earnings insurance, an Earned Income Tax Credit that extended into middle class & a truly progressive tax coupled w/ price on carbon to pay for all of this over long term.

No one in their right mind would have wished for another Great Depression, of course. But we seem to have got the worst of all worlds. The bank bailout, the stimulus, and the Fed brought us back from the brink just enough to dampen zeal for anything more."
robertreich  economics  greatdepression  greatrecession  missedopportunities  bailouts  2008  2009  2010  banking  finance  glass-steagall  taxes  sustainability  energy  policy  politics  infrastructure  equality  stimulus 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Project Frog’s Eco-Friendly Modular Classrooms Score Big with Teachers and Kids | Inhabitots
"Many schools are now looking to companies such as Project FROG in order to replace the portable trailers generally provided by the state. One school administrator at the Jacoby Creek Charter School who was interested in replacing his school’s “ugly, poorly lit portables,” which he describes as a “horrid learning environment,” found Project FROG’s structures most appealing. At virtually no cost to his school (due to a matching grant) he was able to find a balance between the impact on his school’s budget and the environmental impact of the proposed new buildings."
missedopportunities  schooldesign  modular  architecture  design  projectfrog  classrooms  sustainability  tcsnmy  classroom 
may 2010 by robertogreco

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