Thursday, September 30, 2010

High Tech High

This video presents an interesting view of what high school education could be like. Larry Rosenstock, school founder, speaks well of the traditional role of the hands in learning, and I think you will notice that all at high tech high is not high tech. Sadly, I didn't see a woodshop. The High Tech High is a charter school, and I think it ironic that my earlier posted video is of Diane Ravitch speaking against the idea that charter schools can be the blanket solution to American educational crisis. The difference, and why I can agree with the High Tech High approach and still agree with Dr. Ravitch is that High Tech High is all about the hands. Many charter schools are not. The founder, Rosenstock, had taught carpentry for 11 years and had a long involvement in career and technical education.

2 comments:

Will Simpson said...

Thanks for sharing. Reminds me of the premise of the new movie "Waiting for Superman". I'm still waiting to see, "Waiting for Superman" but my heart is tugged just watching the trailer.

http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/

Doug Stowe said...

I am also interested in seeing the movie. Unfortunately, I've heard it makes many of the wrong suggestions, making charter schools the heroes and teachers the villains. Hollywood and the mass media are always trying to simplify issues and create heroes and villains. I think that if we were to treat teachings as a honorable profession, we would get much better results.