Thank you for continuing on with us…
Whatever drives your interest in reading, whether you want to help a struggling reader, or champion dyslexia legislation; whether you’re a teacher, parent, educational leader, or an activist, the bottleneck to your progress is always learning. For every child and adult who struggles and for all of us as a society, ‘reading problems are always a consequence of ‘learning problems’.
Phase 2 of the Children of the Code Project
Our society’s reading problems are a giant-social ‘case in point’ for how poorly our society understands the role of learning in our lives. The archaic ways we think about reading reflect the archaic ways we think about learning. How we prioritize it politically/economically, our mental models about what reading is, our understanding of the challenges involved, how parents prepare their children for it, how educators teach it, how colleges teach teachers how to teach it… Because reading problems are rooted in learning problems the best way to improve reading is to change how we think about learning. The mission of phase 2 of COTC: To connect ‘poor reading scores’ with the deeper learning issues that underlie and perpetuate them.
Introducing Learning Stewards
Learning Stewards is the non-profit organization behind the Children of the Code Project. Its mission is to make the case for a simple but radical shift in how our society appreciates, understands, and facilitates learning. The Children of the Code Project is one of its main ‘exhibits’.
This site is going ‘live’ today, March 27 2012. In it you will find a wealth of new pages, posts, and videos. Like the Children of the Code website, it will eventually include interviews with field leading scientists, researchers, policy makers, and education leaders. Unlike the Children of the Code site, this site is designed to support dialogue and community learning. Every page, post, and video on this site is an opportunity for you to engage, ask questions, and share your thoughts and ideas with us and a growing community of parents, teachers, administrators, policy makers, therapists, scientists, community/political leaders… We can all get better at ‘activating’ learning and it’s critical that we do… We can all get better at being ‘activists’ about the role of learning in human lives. We can all be better learning-activists.
Please explore the site. As you do, be sure to visit our Key-Memes pages for an overview of what’s available and what’s coming in the future. If you’re familiar with the COTC project, you will particularly appreciate our pages on “The Three Codes“, “Unhealthy Learning” and “Mind-Shame“. To ground you in this phase of our work please take the time to visit “Learning“, “I” am Learned, and the Challenge of Change. In addition the site’s main pages, scan through our blog index for posts about your specific interests.
Please share your thoughts and get involved. Let us and everyone learn from your thoughts, responses, opinions, and suggestions.
Most importantly, please subscribe/connect by using one of the options in the top right corner of this page. We promise we’ll never abuse the privilege. You can subscribe to our blog feed or get updates by email. Over the next couple of months we will be phasing out COTC email updates and using this site’s subscribe/connect system instead. If you want to stay connected with us please subscribe now! If you’ve ever appreciated our work you’re going to really appreciate this next phase. In addition to the site’s Key-Meme resources, we will be blogging on major developments in virtually every field related to learning and reading. By subscribing you’ll receive an update every time we release a new Key-Meme, interview, video clip, post our views on new science articles, or post notices of our upcoming events.
In the near future we will be updating with you new pages including “Artificial Learning” as well as news about our exciting new live event series.
We’re not abandoning COTC we are taking it to the next step. We will be revamping the Children of the Code website very soon and it will continue to grow with new videos and interviews, and we will continue to do reading focused live events.
Enough said for now. Please take a few minutes to explore this new way of looking at learning and this hopeful new path towards shifting the mission of education.
Whatever your interest in reading, your challenge is to learn your way into better facilitating the learning of the people you serve or are asking to support you. Join in the conversation with us – join in the learning with us. If you think we are on the right track (or even an interesting one) please share this site (learningstewards.org) with everyone you think might appreciate it.
Thanks again and all the best,
David Boulton, Learning-Activist
PLEASE… We can’t sustain our efforts without your help. If you think we are on the right track, or even one that should be given consideration, then please help us. Please forward our posts as widely as you can. Please contribute whatever you can, $5, $10… whatever you can (see “Donation” button in sidebar). Your help can make a big difference in whether our work succeeds. Thank you.