21st CENTURY + PURPOSE EDUCATION
ARTICLES: HOW OUR SCHOOLS ARE FAILING
What’s Holding Back American Teenagers? (2014), Laurence Steinberg - Slate. Well-research documentation of the failure of America’s current high school model.
Putting Grit in its Place (2016), David Brooks - The New York Times. A critique of our education system’s meritocracy and “G.P.A. mentality”.
Our High School Kids: Tired, Stressed and Bored (2015), Greg Toppo - USA Today. Short article about the findings of a large-scale survey of high school students.
A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned (2014), Grant Wiggins. First hand account of how shadowing students provides essential insight into what is going wrong in our school systems.
ARTICLES: HOW TO CREATE PURPOSEFUL EDUCATION
The following are all articles by Project Wayfinder’s Founder, Patrick Cook-Deegan:
Seven Ways to Help High Schoolers Find Purpose (2016) - Greater Good Magazine. Tangible methods to increase purposefulness in the classroom.
How to Help Teens Find Purpose (2016) - Greater Good Magazine. Four ways young people can pursue purpose-seeking experiences.
Re-Designing American High Schools for the 21st Century (2016) - Stanford Social Innovation Review. Outlines how human-centered design, purpose learning and neuroscience research can be used to design better high schools.
How to Talk with Teens about Purpose (2016), Jill Suttie - Greater Good Magazine. Interview with Kendall Bronk, author of the book Purpose in Life (see below).
Age of Opportunity (2015), Laurence Steinberg. The best book on the brain development of adolescents.
Purpose in Life (2014), Kendall Cotton Bronk. The most comprehensive collection of academic research on youth development and purpose.
Path to Purpose (2009), Dr. Bill Damon. The world’s leading scholar documenting his research on how youth develop purpose.
How Children Succeed (2013), Paul Tough. A well-written look by a former New York Times journalist at the rise of the rise of non-cognitive skills being taught in schools.
Cleverlands (2016), Lucy Crehan. The author travels to schools in the top-performing countries in the world to understand what is really at the heart of educational success.
Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life (2015), William Deresiewicz. A important manifesto about what our nation’s top schools should be - but aren’t - providing, written by an ex-Yale professor.
FILMS + VIDEOS
Most Likely to Succeed (2015), Greg Whiteley. Showcases High Tech High - a cutting edge high school in San Diego
Race to Nowhere (2010), Reel Link Films. A critique of our education system’s emphasis on scheduling, testing and the pressure to achieve.
RSA ANIMATE: How To Help Every Child Fulfil Their Potential (2015) Carol Dweck. Dweck explains how the wrong kind of praise actually *harms* young people.