Education, incredible / by Melanie Ida Chopko

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Something amazing is happening in education. I had the immense pleasure of drawing for Project Based Learning initiative of the Buck Institute, a program shifting schools out of rows, out of testing and into their communities. Over 800 teachers from around the country and the world were there to say yes to a radical shift in public education: Kids learning the way adults live: by doing projects relevant to them! The stories are astounding: kids swaying Rochester to restore the Erie Canal, building a violence-free day in Chicago, creating videos telling their stories of losing family to deportation. One reporter from KQED shared she learned more about immigration from the kid video project then any public policy forum she had ever attended. WOW, and, of course. I felt deeply honored to record these stories and meet some of the people creating a different present and future for kids of all backgrounds. To me this is an equity issue first and foremost, equity to all types of minds, visions and cultures. Priorotize school integration and we've got this change for real. 

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