What Next?

Paris Cooperative High School has a unique opportunity to remake what learning looks like for the next several generations of high school students in our community.  Over one hundred years ago, our community thought a lot about education, and the buildings in which it took place.  After much wrangling the community decided to build a couple of state of the art elementary schools as well as a new high school.  The new high school was built for the future based on the working spaces of the times.  At the beginning of the Twentieth Century, we had a progressive, growing community that was willing to invest in its youth and focus on how to best educate them.  As we move into the second decade of the 21st Century the community is making some similar considerations.  Yes, the community is looking at whether or not to build a new high school, but just as important the staff and administration are looking at how to structure the learning environment to best engage students to prepare them to execute the skills they will need to become productive members of our society.  We have to move beyond the industrial era practices where students are grouped by age and expected to all learn the same things at the same rate.  While it is important to look at a construct of a common knowledge base, it is more important to design programs and learning spaces for what schools and workplaces will look like in the future.  What should the learning spaces for high school students look like?  The spaces and the environments created will directly affect the activities and teaching practices that will happen in them.  Our thinking can include the possibility of a completely new physical plant, but it must also take into consideration the possible need to rethink the currents learning spaces we have now.

Some links to consider:  From Karl Fisch on The Fischbowl ; from Ryan Bretag on Metanoia and again here .

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