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To solve deep-rooted community issues, one really has to consider all the facets of a problem or possibility, including the occasional detail that does not fit into our shcema of how the world works. Problem solving is rarely pretty and the field of education has certainly taught the public that. Debates over charter schools, standardized tests, and public school systems’ futures in every state stir up strong emotions with every side thinking they have finally found the solution. Even in my PPS class this year the issue of education invigorated class discussions for days. Education becomes a messy issue because... Continue reading
Innovations such as tax credits for students who are districted for “failing schools” to attend private schools, simply closing failing schools, and establishing charter schools, are some of the many innovations currently being proposed to deal with the a public school system that far too often fails its students. States across the nation, from Alabama to New York are attempting to do what is right for their students, even if their efforts are not viable solutions or even the right approach. The hope is that these school reforms will result in a successful game of educational roulette, which does not... Continue reading
Recently, the Conflict Resolution Resource Center (CRRC) held a facilitated dialogue to discuss incidents where bike tires were slashed. The crime was a unique instance on Guilford’s campus that demonstrated how openness of Guilford’s campus could actually serve as a detriment to maintaining safety. Incidents like this are rare on campus, so it was not surprising to me that the community came together to discuss what happened. The group involved in the conversation consisted of Hall Directors, RAs, senate representatives, students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Conversation was coordinated very well and managed to flow throughout the time in an efficient... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at Center for Principled Problem Solving
What are you doing? What do you want to do? How are you going to do it? How is it going to work? And lastly, Why are you even doing it? These were the questions posed to those of us who attended the Sullivan Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Retreat during fall semester. During the first full day of the retreat, we were instructed to form a large circle and then form small groups as those who felt so moved shared a social venture they wished to pursue. The activity lasted about 20 minutes and at the end everyone in the room... Continue reading
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