Conclusion My Stuff

So I know what’s in my water, I know what’s in my air, that’s only one step of that and then the other part of this project is creating visualizations and ways to share with others what I know and have a conversation about that. And I feel like if you’re talking about making democratic education a wider practice, I think that’s extremely important. Actually, I probably want to hear about your ideas of that, how that’s been shared because I know your work is exactly about that.

Yes. So I was kind of lost in this inputting of ideas that you brought to the round, but I would try to mix that up. I came from a place that what it’s doing … We’re being, trying to change education going against the traditional education models is very, very related … Very much related to social movement. So we cannot understand in the South America change in education without changing our social and political movements. So and that’s related with … I cannot stop thinking that the popular schools in Argentina what would they do with this thing? They would stop thinking about the school. They would stop thinking about grades. They would …

Like they’re back to that system and started solving the problem, start thinking about why this kid is starving and that’s a way of democratic education for us and I … We are here like talking about some things I don’t understand about democratic education and I have the feeling that there is one understanding of democratic when I have to vote, I have the right to vote and to choose and other understanding that is like I have to think for me and for all of us. I have to think of the others, too as well not only for me. So like I believe in South America we have more this kind of understanding. So trying to share these experiences for us is trying to in a way, make invisible this kind of experiences where they not only want to change what is happening in the classroom.

They want to change what’s happening in the whole community. They want to change what’s happening in the whole world where for example, the ideal is not for the children to go out of college and find a job but because that’s like repeating the same system. That is like keeping the problem, it’s like we are living in a world that if you have a job and if you have an income and you can eat, you are in the 10% of the people that are like privileged and that’s the way it works. It’s not … It can’t be possible for the whole people in the world in this system to be all or privileged or well or having good and quality education or having jobs.

The system works this way so we have, we tend to look for that way of critical thinking when we shared things and we try to mix these things. We try to … We need to change schools but we need to change the world it’s thinking, too. Perhaps we are doing the same thing where we’re criticizing in the first place. We are still keeping the status quo going. Sorry, I don’t know if that’s what you’re asking, but that’s in my head right now. So I have to just spit it out. So well, I don’t know.

We’re getting close on time and because we want to give you plenty of time to get between sessions. Clearly, this is a conversation that could go on for probably another hour or two. So, I would like to ask all of you, to let everybody know where you’re going next, what session you’re going to at 10:30 so that if you want to continue a conversation with each other, or if you want to engage in conversation with our four coffee talkers, you might have that opportunity, also to catch up with them later in the day, but … So where are you going at 10:30?

I’m going across the corridor to Aspen for a session called inquiry dialog in a really big pictures. I put up on the world some pictures that were taken with that robot I was talking about where students are documenting the environment and having conversations. Again, this is not my session, but I will propose to teach people how to use that robot if people are interested. I brought this robot and have those big pictures right here, Aspen.

Some people wanted to gather around and talk about this networking world on international, the working of schools. So that’s a good idea. We don’t know where and this afternoon at 7PM, I will be presenting my film in humanities. So you could watch there. You could find the DVDs in the bookstore or you go watch it online for free. I will now, but perhaps it will be ongoing.

I’m open to stay and continue the conversation now if anybody wanted to stay. If not, creating culture acceptance, authenticity and honesty was on my radar.