On April 16 of this year, I wrote a post entitled “You say you want a revolution?” In it, I wrote of true visions of the future of education, with particular reference to writing by Dale Mann and a white paper by Roger Schank and Kemi Jona. I often ask my students to read the Schank/Jona paper to get them thinking about the possibilities for the future of education. Mostly, my students have visceral reactions and think the ideas in the paper are outlandish and unrealistic.
Outlandish? Maybe. Unrealistic? Nope. In fact, I just learned that the VOISE Academy opened a week or so ago in Chicago. It’s billed as a hybrid school, combining computer-based learning with face-to-face socialization opportunities. As described, the school sounds a lot like what Schank and Jona suggest.
Well, as it turns out, one of the board members of VOISE Academy is…Kemi Jona!
It will be interesting to see how things go in that school. I’m sure someone will be studying the school; nothing happens in Chicago without somebody studying it. Some academic colleagues of mine have built entire research agendas around Chicago school reform. For now, though, I wish VOISE had a better website. It’s a little hard to believe that this particular school launched with such a basic and incomplete website.