"His grandmother and I are raising him. I worry about putting him into the public school system. I was a teacher for many years. I’ve seen so much confidence destroyed by the standardized system. Every human is born with natural curiosity. I’ve never seen a child who wasn’t inspired. But once you force someone to do anything, the inspired person is killed. I dropped out of school myself in 7th grade. So I know. I taught a GED course for years, so I’ve seen the end results over and over. I’ve seen so many kids who have complexes and insecurities because they were forced to do something they weren’t ready to do, and then they were blamed when they weren’t able to do it. What we call ‘education’ today is not organic. You can’t take something as complex as the human mind, compartmentalize it, and regiment its development so strictly."
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to.””
Making headway on First Person. Want to contribute? Try this storytelling activity. Only takes 10-15 minutes! Honest :)
“The message that we send when we don’t represent the broader culture in our stories is that ‘You are other’. As a community, as an organism, it is a thing that makes us ill. It is actually bad for us.”
– Kelly Sue DeConnick (kellysue) , speaking about the continuing need to diversify the kind of characters that appear in comics, as part of the ECCC panel—Broadening Comics Readership. (via robot6)
Create a story and see it published or remixed on the storyremix.tumblr.com blog. A few select stories will even be illustrated!!
Seeking storytellers of all ages to share their creativity with me.
Beautiful take on story arcs.
First Person is a storytelling platform for creating and remixing your own characters and stories. Check out a clickable prototype at this link or try out the storytelling activity using this simple form.
Prepping for User Testing, Round 2
Low-fidelity storytelling prototypes, including story cards, storytelling worksheets, and a quick survey/form thrown together in Google.
The Story of Ura, a take on Sleeping Beauty, as told by the Picturesques, a children’s book writer/illustrator group in the SF Bay Area.
The Story of Ura, a remake of Sleeping Beauty, as told by Luna, age 9.
“Education is what people do to you, learning is what you do to yourself.”
– MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito at #TED2014. Pair with this excellent read on how to fuel the lifelong engine of learning beyond formal education. (via explore-blog)
Behold, the importance of letting children choose what they want to read.
Words like diversity, and power and privilege, while hugely necessary and important to understanding our work, have been overused and prescribed in schools and workplaces and on news shows that not only do they not mean what they once did but they can be divisive, and allow us a false sense of accomplishment for engaging with the “isms” of our culture while completely ignoring the personal stories of shame, pride, celebration, curiosity and joy that connect us to others and fuel our investment in education in the first place. They enable us to avoid talking about ourselves.
Consider the importance of this given several recent and compelling demographic trends: White Americans will be the minority in the US by the year 2040 and according to US News and World Report and the disparities of wealth in this country will be greater in 2020 than they are right now. It is not merely enough any more to learn and regurgitate concepts and research and vocabulary – we need to learn each other. We need to learn ourselves.
– Adam Falkner, Dialogue Arts Project