|OPERI is building awareness of a possible new age for public education and how we can transition to it with a minimum of disruption. Its mission is to provide for the wellbeing of children and the sustainability of the world they are inheriting.|
The cornerstone of OPERI’s effort is a simple pilot program. It provides a starting point for incremental change that progresses at an orderly pace controlled by the readiness of people to further explore promising ideas. The most significant feature of the program is that it eliminates formal scheduling, which has been described as the greatest impediment to educational innovation. With formal schedule gone, the world of infinite learning opportunities opens for students, and people can begin to imagine public education that effectively meets the needs of all children in inclusive environments that do not require demeaning labels.
Most people are aware of struggling students, those at risk, and those who drop out. They are also aware of the epidemic of students who are tuned out, but who do the minimum to keep adults from hassling them. These are the students that schools are obviously failing, but Alfie Kohn’s video tells us that even high achieving students, the “successful” ones are also being harmed by what can be described as the inhumanity of traditional schools. We can and must do better. The pilot program offers a way to overcome the problems and improve the lives of all students with no loss to the quality of their education.
By signing our petition, you provide support for innovative educators and students who want to make real change happen. Encouraging others to sign it helps with the all important task of building the public awareness needed to make change happen.
Below is a sampling of what people are saying about the current state of public education and the direction it needs to take. The views of many other people can be found through our OPERI Facebook group – OPERI – Public, our Twitter account @OttawaOperi and the OPERI blog. Stay connected by joining our social media.
Thoughts on Education
Videos from the Ottawa Community
- Will Richardson – 9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us
- Team Kate – Chaos in the Classroom or a Resource-Starved Full-Inclusion Policy
- Sara – School adjustment symptoms. What is ‘normal’?
- Michael Reist – Too Many Kids Are Suffering At school
- Laura Grace Weldon – Five Ways to Transcend the School Mindset
- Parents speak – If you’re a parent, what issue/questions worry you most about the education of your kids?
- Luba Vangelova – Steve Hargadon: Escaping the Education Matrix
- Carlo Ricci – Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning