Educating the Whole Child for the Whole World: The Ross School Model and Education for the Global Era

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At the dawn of the twenty-first century, we are living in a global era, yet schooling systems remain generally reactive and slow to adapt to shifting economic, technological, demographic, and cultural terrains. There is a growing urgency to create, evaluate, and expand new models of education that are better synchronized with the realities of today’s globally linked economies and societies.

Educating the Whole Child for the Whole World examines one such model: the ethos and ...

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Overview

At the dawn of the twenty-first century, we are living in a global era, yet schooling systems remain generally reactive and slow to adapt to shifting economic, technological, demographic, and cultural terrains. There is a growing urgency to create, evaluate, and expand new models of education that are better synchronized with the realities of today’s globally linked economies and societies.

Educating the Whole Child for the Whole World examines one such model: the ethos and practices of the Ross Schools and their incubation, promotion, and launching of new ideas and practices into public education. Over the last two decades Ross has come to articulate a systematic approach to education consciously tailored for a new era of global interdependence.

In this volume, world-renowned scholars from a variety of disciplines, as well as veteran teachers, administrators, and students, come together to examine some of the best practices in K-12 education in the context of an increasingly interconnected world. Together they explore how the Ross model of education, which cultivates in students a global perspective, aligns with broader trends in the arts, humanities, and sciences in the new millennium.

Contributors: Nick Appelbaum, Ralph Abraham, Antonio M. Battro, Sally Booth, Michele Clays, Elizabeth M. Daley, Antonio Damasio, Hanna Damasio, Kurt W. Fischer, Howard Gardner, Vartan Gregorian, Christina Hinton, Hideaki Koizumi, Debra McCall, Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj, John Sexton, Carola Suárez-Orozco, Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, William Irwin Thompson, and Sherry Turkle.

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Editorial Reviews

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“When I visited the Long Island Ross School I was struck by the way Courtney Ross and her team successfully brought together the elements of an effective school: reflective teachers, innovative curriculum, and student-centered instruction. It is no wonder that the school has been a magnet for some of the most influential education thinkers of our time. In Educating the Whole Child for the Whole World, Suarez-Orozco and Sattin-Bajaj have created a multi-faceted meditation on the ever-evolving Ross model of education, with relevant lessons for educators everywhere.”

-Kathleen McCartney,Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education

“Courtney Ross and I are co-workers in the vineyard of the education of the young. I was inspired when I visited the Ross School years ago. In my own work in founding the now 20-years-old Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA), I appreciated the unique qualities of Ross. The Ross School model is clearly a profound example of what the nation and the world needs so desperately.”
-Leon M. Lederman,Nobel Laureate in Physics

“For more than two decades, everything that carries Courtney Ross' imprint has symbolized international, out-of-the-box originality, especially through her efforts in education. One extraordinary example of this was the 2001 Sonic Convergence: A Glimpse Into the Global Classroom project. I was involved, both in person and through the use of cutting edge media, mentoring students and faculty participating in the USA, China, and Sweden; then we came together and made beautiful music as I conducted their final, global composition.”
-Quincy Jones

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“Courtney Ross has devoted her life to holistic education for young people. Educating the Whole Child for the Whole World tells the marvelous story of how one day they will be our future leaders and help create a peaceful, just, sustainable and healthy society.”
-Deepak Chopra

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“I’ve always believed that education is freedom. It opens the door to greater possibilities. In my life’s work in education, I’ve turned to Courtney Ross to provide insight and inspiration. The Ross School is an exemplary model of what is attainable for global education in the 21st Century.”

-Oprah Winfrey

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814741405
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 10/6/2010
  • Pages: 221
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco is Dean and Distinguished Professor of Education at UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj is assistant professor of education policy and research and founding co-director of the Center for College Readiness at Seton Hall University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Reflections of a Ross School Graduate Nick Appelbaum Appelbaum, Nick

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Architectures of Care: Educating the Whole Child for the Whole World Carola Suarez-Orozco Suarez-Orozco, Carola 1

Part I Rethinking Education in the Global Era

1 Education in an Era of Specialized Knowledge Vartan Gregorian Gregorian, Vartan 27

2 The Case for Global Education John Sexton Sexton, John 43

3 A Tangled Web: Reflections on the Roles of Science, Policy, and Assessment in Education Howard Gardner Gardner, Howard 49

Part II The New Science of Engagement: Mind, Brain, and Education in a School Context

4 Mind, Brain, and Education Hanna Damasio Damasio, Hanna 61

5 Research Schools: Connecting Research and Practice at the Ross School Kurt W. Fischer Fischer, Kurt W. 69

6 Toward a New Educational Philosophy Hideaki Koizumi Koizumi, Hideaki 81

Part III Creativity and Integration

7 Multimedia Literacy: A Critical Component of Twenty-first-Century Education Holly Willis Willis, Holly 97

8 Object Lessons Sherry Turkle Turkle, Sherry 109

9 The Trouble with Math Ralph Abraham Abraham, Ralph 125

Part IV Theories and Practices

10 Choreographing the Curriculum: The Founder's Influence as Artist, Visionary, and Humanitarian Debra McCall McCall, Debra 141

11 Mathematics and Culture William Irwin Thompson Thompson, William Irwin 157

12 The Butterflies of the Soul Antonio M. Battro Battro, Antonio M. 163

13 Educating the Whole Child for the Whole World: The Ross Model in Sweden Michele Claeys Claeys, Michele 171

Epilogue: We Are Waiting for You Pedro Noguera Noguera, Pedro 189

Conclusion Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj Sattin-Bajaj, Carolyn 195

About the Contributors 203

Index 205

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