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From El – Are you with me now? AJ Ryder

 

Reform the environment; stop trying to reform people. They will reform themselves if the environment is right”.

Bucky Fuller

 

Our Harbor Freight work gets Fellows out corresponding with people and objects in situated learning environments. It is a fine entanglement. This week the environment for one of our Fellows was bit different. HFF Fernando Perez-Hernandez and his mentor/teacher Pascual Marquez were not in the shop or the school. They were major contributors at the Education Reimagined meeting.

 

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Cohort 2018-2019 Schools, Advisors, Fellows, Mentors & Sites

 

I'm in Lindsay Ca, in the Central Valley, snuggled up against the Sierra Nevada foothills.  It's about 100 degrees.  I have some sweet local cherries to eat though, and having great dinner of pupusas at Salvadoran restaurant. Here for graduation of our Fellow at JJ Cairns Continuation School, Mario Rodriguez. I never met with Mario.  Interviewed him by Skype, then let him run.  A kid on the cusp, graduate?  Nope.  He didn't come to school and when he did he cussed out everybody. But he excelled as a Fellow and graduating tonight, with honors.  Picture of Mario, his advisor and mentor. His mentor made him go to school and do his work. READ MORE...

Elliot's Blog (6/7/2019)

From El – Are you with me now? AJ Ryder

 

Reform the environment; stop trying to reform people. They will reform themselves if the environment is right”. Bucky Fuller

 

Our Harbor Freight work gets Fellows out corresponding with people and objects in situated learning environments. It is a fine entanglement. This week the environment for one of our Fellows was bit different. HFF Fernando Perez-Hernandez and his mentor/teacher Pascual Marquez were not in the shop or the school. They were major contributors at the Education Reimagined meeting. When the group was in the midst of a debate about academic content, Fernando’s story elevated students in the trades as thoughtful, intelligent and doing work just as rigorous as anything academic. Read more...

Research & Evidence

 

For many anthropologists, their work involves delving into obscure corners of humanity’s past; for Trevor Marchand, a Canadian-born anthropology professor in England, the field offered him a way to look into the work of living master artisans, identifying what it took to build their skills, and why such difficult, physical work still matters.

 

“I think it’s extremely important,” he says, “for the general public to understand the diversity of knowledge that goes into producing something with the body.” Marchand, a former architect, has now spent his career parsing, identifying, and describing every layer of that knowledge base. For the past 17 years, he has been teaching classes on this topic as a professor of anthropology at London’s prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies.  More HERE...