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Coffee Cups, Frogs, and Lived Experience

  • March 2, 2007
  • 107A English Building
  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

The alternative high school at Paseo Boricua in Chicago encourages students to think critically about their learning experiences and to learn through active participation in the community and reflections on that lived experience. The curriculum is articulated in terms of learning to read the word and to read the world (cf. Paulo Freire). This means actively participating in that world as both critic and creator.

One never hears talk of deficits, but rather of strengths and potentials for growth. Students learn how to act responsibly in the world, by first understanding themselves and their Latino heritage. Through hands-on experience they learn how to transform the world, to give back to their community. Recently, for example, students have been making podcasts, integrating oral history with technology learning. Our new masters program situates graduate-level studies within community work in Paseo Boricua.

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