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  • Redesigning Education: Iterating Towards Mastery

    I recently listened to a podcast with Scott Looney, Headmaster of the Hawken School in Cleveland, Ohio, and also the founder of the Mastery Transcript Consortium.  Mr. Looney discusses not only the project-based work he has introduced at Hawken, but focuses a good deal of his time on the history and philosophy around the Mastery…

  • Why Design: Reading and Writing the World

    (Fifth post in the “Why Design?” series. All of Garreth’s writing represents a view from the crossroads of education and design. See more of Garreth’s posts here.) I was/am an English major. The confusion in verb tense stems from a shift in how I act within the world. For years I buried my head in books. Fictional worlds…

  • Why Design: “They Listen and They Hear”

    (Fourth post in the “Why Design?” series. All of Garreth’s writing represent a view from the crossroads of education and design. See more of Garreth’s posts here.) A few weeks ago I wrote that I would be delving into the ways I see design as a method that honors the traditions and goals of liberal education as outlined…

  • Why Design: Design as Liberal Education

    (Third post in the “Why Design?” series. All of Garreth’s writing represents a view from the crossroads of education and design. See more of Garreth’s posts here.) The emergence of design thinking in the twentieth century . . . lies in a concern to connect and integrate useful knowledge from the arts and sciences alike,…

  • Why Design: From Making the Grade to Making

    (Second post in the “Why Design?” series. All of Garreth’s writing represent a view from the crossroads of education and design. See more of Garreth’s posts here. I work in an area of Pennsylvania with many “good” public schools.  I say “good” because there are a number of high schools in this area that sit…

  • A View from the Crossroads: Why Design?

    (First post in the “Why Design?” series. All of Garreth’s writing represent a view from the crossroads of education and design. See more of Garreth’s posts here. Here begins a series of posts looking at the research and rationale for the inclusion of design-based learning, the use/presence of design and maker programs in school curricula,…