About a month ago, I shared the story of Julia whose efforts to raise awareness of the sexualization of women and girls might serve as an example of how her personal project could also be included in her educational experience. This morning, I read another article in the Morning Sentinel about three young men who are “Boarding for Boobies”. They plan to skate board from Old Orchard Beach to New York City in late June. Last year they did a similar trek from Ellsworth to Old Orchard and raised $4,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This time they plan to raise $8,000 for the cause. Again, I was struck by what possible, deep learning connections could be made through their passion for this cause: anatomy, chemistry, economics, history, health and nutrition, social networking, to name but a few.
I would challenge readers of this blog to think about how you might support customized/personalized learning. As a teacher, you might want to offer an option to students who are ready and willing to try it out next fall. As a parent, you might want to talk with your child’s teachers to see if there is a way you can support them in providing a more personalized experience. As someone who cares about education and personalized learning, you might want to visit the principal of a school that you know and care about and share your thoughts and support for moving in this direction. Our students, teachers, and administrators need to know that there is support for this kind of relevant learning in our schools.
And I also challenge you to support the causes of these young people who are helping us to “connect the dots” and are leading the way!