Friday, December 16, 2011

New Additions to "Purpose of School" Mini-Interview Project and an Invitation to Participate #ties11

The TIES Conference afforded me the opportunity to add a couple new interviews in my "Purpose of School" collection. This project has been a real slow process and I don't expect to be anywhere near done with it in the near future. It may never be done. I had hoped to have the opportunity to interview Joel Rose and Gov. Mark Dayton, both of whom were at the conference, but I was not able to catch either one of them. I did, however, get a chance to interview both Chris Dede and Bernajean Porter at this conference. Here is how they responded to the question, "What is the purpose of school?":

See how others have responded to this question:

If you are interested in adding yourself to this collection send me a recording of yourself answering this simple question, "What is the purpose of school?" You can upload it to YouTube, Vimeo,, or whatever your favorite video sharing site is and post a link in the comment section below. Or, you can email me at if you prefer (do not attach a video file directly, use a third party like filedropper instead). I would love to hear how you respond. When I feel I have reached a critical mass I will create a special site devoted to addressing this question where all responses will be showcased. At that point I will also begin aggregating these responses into categories and constructing some way of analyzing and comparing responses in the effort to reach some kind of conclusion. And, in case you are wondering, the purpose of asking this question is to draw attention to the diversity of responses and to show how varied responses produce very different outcomes in schools.

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