In the talk he specifically says "I am a great admirer of the democratic school movement…and also Education Cities…and I'm a great supporter of AERO and its global network."
He then goes on to clearly summarize what he thinks education should look like in the future as it relates to the models offered by IDEC and AERO schools and organizations. Among other points he said "We need to look at the alternatives. The alternatives work. The great challenge for the alternative and democratic school movement is to take these alternatives from the fringe to the mainstream! When we do that we'll find we don't need alternatives because we will have implemented principles that actually work!"
The AERO Conference was a spinoff of the IDEC which we hosted in Troy, NY in 2003. This will be our 14th AERO conference!
You can now directly order AERO Conference CDs and DVDs. The keynotes are all DVDs.
Sugata Mitra Keynote
The following are the video DVDs we have of our keynotes. They have very high quality sound because we had a direct line from the sound feed. We now have had them made and they are in stock. The entire set of 8 video keynotes is $99. Individual keynotes are $14. In your order type in the total number of DVDs you are ordering and in the notes give the names or numbers of the workshops.
Dr. Peter Gray is the author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life and was a featured keynote speaker at last year's AERO conference.
In this compelling talk, Dr. Gray brings attention to the reality that over the past 60 years in the United States there has been a gradual, but overall dramatic, decline in children's freedom to play with other children, without adult direction. Over the same period, there has also been a dramatic increase in anxiety, depression, feelings of helplessness, suicide, and narcissism in children and adolescents. Based on his own and others' research, Dr. Gray documents why free play is essential for children's healthy social and emotional development and outlines steps through which we can bring free play back to children's lives.
A strong believer in the power of self learning and community learning, Vidhi Jain co-founded the Shikshantar Andolan 15 years ago in India. In 2010, she and her husband founded Swaraj University in Udaipur modelled on self-designed learning and green entrepreneurship, including exploration of basic business skills within the context of ecological sustainability and social justice. This self-directed learning process invites learners to identify their hearts' visions and engages them in developing the skills, relationships and practices they need and practices they need to manifest those visions.
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