I visited two schools over Spring Break. One project based school based on the Big Picture model where teams of 15 students and 1 faculty member travel through the four years of high school together interning two days of the week and working on their core curriculum during their days at school. The other was Quest 2 Learn, a school based around systems design and using games to teach and learn.
In both I saw glimpses of the future, but both made me feel uncomfortable too. Letting go of teacher as the source of information is scary. We have been doing this for a long time.
What both schools seemed to get was that it’s about personal relationships with kids and helping them grow up is critical. Both had positive environments where kids felt supported and could ask questions about the system that they existed. The kids were involved with making their schools better. I think that is a key part of this equation.
We have a lot to explore here.