Stockyard Institute: Pictured is a poster workshop with artist Alexander Vaindorf, Christian Tofler from Manoa Free University, Instant Coffee, rum46 and Denmark Pedagogical University

The following are some questions intended to provoke discussion at a deeper and wider level about how we choose to structure our educational encounters, how we decide on the appropriate content for a meaningful education, and what the most fruitful relationship might be between good education and a vigorous, compassionate society.

Please add your own questions…

• Is it important for a quality education to challenge prevailing beliefs of all kinds?

• Is learning that is not  goal-oriented a fundamental asset to creative, sustainable cultures, economies and societies?

• Should quality education be independent of money (temporarily/permanently), and how could that happen?

• What might be different about the concept of a radical education in your region from any other part of the world?

• How could educational systems that are sensitive to smallness and locale remain connected to a larger system of values, or does this matter?

• Reciprocally: How does cohesive social meaning arise from self-directed exploration?

• Can relationships exist between conforming and disruptive patterns of educational process?

• How can structure and fluidity intertwine in excellent education?

Wings’ principle partner is the Maya Angelou Academy, housed within New Beginnings. This alternative curriculum is challenging and versatile. A primary focus is on expanding life skills and the completion of high school, while incorporating core principles of empowerment, responsibility and social action. In addition to the rehabilitation of raptors, students of Maya Angelou Academy are given rich and diverse service learning opportunities.

What is the relationship between criticism and personal growth in quality education?

• What are some ways that educational systems could thrive on a smaller scale without becoming elite?

• What might persuade members of a deeply consumption-oriented culture to steer away from educational systems that treat students as clients?

• How do we best equip young minds for the future without knowing what the future will bring?

• What are the differences between job training and an education?


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