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Greetings Tiffany – I followed the documentary on the Sunday Edition. My ever expanding crew of fully engaged learners have asked that your book be added to our ever expanding library.
Martin G. Smith
Thank you, Martin! Thank you so much for listening–it is an honour to hear from you and I hope this book will serve your crew. 🙂 Thank you for the work YOU do with your learners!
Hello Back Tiffany — We are an odd crew ‘Swimming against the tide of Rhetoric’ too prevalent in our school system today.
Our primary support comes from our being the prime contractor for a Steel Scrap operation on Vancouver Island. Most of the crew are either former Crystal Meth users who we have caught up with and shown the joys of constructive engagement. The others come from an all too prevalent ‘ADHD’ community with a liberal mixing of Auspergers Syndrome, many of whom became adversely impacted by Ritalin.
Our cooperative structure has allowed us to include Learning as part of the Working Mandate and it has become my role to keep the field engaged with as many resources as come my way. These include a relationship with both SIDES on Vancouver Island as well as Thompson Rivers. We are also heavy users and recently supporters of the growing OCW/OCX movement and our Closed Area Network library now totals close to 460Tb.
Our newest project, after the calculation of this year’s dividend, is to build a ‘Studio School’ using SIDES as the Academic base and expanding it to include a ‘Library’ equipped with all the tools needed to advance learning. It is the goal of the project to catch and constructively engage those, too numerous I have found’ young people who simply need a place to engage in learning the way they do, instead of the way tha prescription says they should.
This school will be be modeled on Ezra Cornell’s original vision, ‘Any Person, Any topic’
All The Best
Martin G. Smith
This is awesome, Martin! Sounds like incredibly meaningful and important work…I wish you all the best with growing your support and opportunities for the deep thinkers in your group. To educate, uplift and support people, we definitely need more creative and diverse methods!
tiffany, look at the Jaina concept of anekantavad and syadvad and read the Jain Jataka story (later retold in the Buddhist Jatakas) of the 6 blind men and the elephant. Jaina philosophy will give your some insights that you may have missed so far. in appreciation