The Bridge 2.8
I hope you are enjoying these last days of August. Here in Pittsburgh, as summer comes to an end with a stretch of heat and humidity, students are returning to school and their parents are posting their first day pictures. A year from now, City of Bridges will be opening its doors and I can promise you that there will be a lot of pictures shared!
The beginning of the school year reminds us of the books that we have read that inspire City of Bridges, so we thought we would share a few of them with you this week. If you want to buy any of these books, or anything else for that matter, please consider using our Amazon Smile account, it can be found here.
We have talked about this book a number of times in some of the other issues of The Bridge. Tom Little was the long-time Head of School at the Park Day School and took a year to visit Progressive schools all over the country. This book helped to shape our thoughts around City of Bridges and provides inspiring examples of how schools can and should be.
Ted Dintersmith also took a trip around the country visiting schools and discovered that schools are not preparing people for the world of innovation and the future. He also met teachers and schools that were looking towards the future. What Schools Could Be is a great introduction to some innovative practices and schools across the country. Ted also put together the film Most Likely to Succeed which we will screen later this year.
We already shared the interview with Myles Horton and the link to his autobiography, but this book is a remarkable dialogue between two of the most important educational innovators/radicals. Paulo Freire, author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and Myles Horton discuss topics of social change, literacy, empowerment and education. We often return to this text to help guide our process. (My copy is on my desk as I type this issue of The Bridge.)
One of my great temporal regrets is that my time as a student at Oberlin College did not overlap with the years that bell hooks was a professor at Oberlin College. Teaching to Transgress is an essential exploration of the necessity of rethinking education and teaching to address racism, sexism and injustice. This is another powerful read that is worth returning to in practice.
Let us know if you want to talk about any of these books, or anything else for that matter!