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Alice Waters, the so-called mother of slow food, was interviewed on 60 Minutes last night. She helped introduce a program in a Berkeley middle school where students learned to grow, harvest and prepare their food. Search cbsnews.com for more detail. Oregon should institute similar programs to create synergy with the existing farm-to-school program.
LEP sounds like the kind of learning environment that should receive support from Portland Public Schools. I attended MLC (Metropolitan Learning Center) for eighth grade and I believe that experienced saved me.
Bored out of my skull at public grade school, I begged my parents to send me to MLC where my primary teacher encouraged me to develop a curriculum that interested me. I especially recall trumpet lessons; volunteering as a tour guide at OMSI; getting into computers which eventually became a profession; and practicing yoga which helped shape my life's outlook. I only attended MLC for one year but the experience provided a profound break from boredom and conformity.
I grudgingly re-embraced conformity and discipline at Benson High School. Benson offered an excellent opportunity to gain well-rounded college preparation in addition to auto mechanics, machine shop, electronics, carpentry, welding, drafting, biology, chemistry, physics, etc.
I understand Benson is being dismantled as a trade school and this is disappointing. Our so-called "knowledge society" is missing an essential ingredient: people who can innovate and build stuff. We've lost too many craftspeople and their good paying jobs. We're losing the path from a school like Benson to apprenticeship to professional.
The first four or five jobs I had after college involved mentors and apprenticeship, but as I progressed through my work experience, training and mentoring disappeared. This should not happen in a knowledge-based society which relies on the constant updating of skills to remain competitive. I believe competition has been over-emphasized at the expense of cooperation but that's an issue for another TOL.
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