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Blog Category: Civic Engagement

Will young children learning about choices and purpose better prepare them for navigating adolescence in a digital world?

June 27, 2011

By Jo Hoffman
Are aspects of our current society and the digital environment responsible in part for the apparent anxiety of this generation? Is the seemingly unlimited array of choices at any given time when we are using digital applications getting in the way of pursuing a positive purpose? Is there a set of skills or strategies teachers can apply that will help to prepare students over time to face these digital demands?

Needed: A Reversal of Figure/Ground

April 20, 2011

By Howard Gardner
In considering education in the United States today, what's wrong with the picture? In a word, we've focused so exclusively on one figure--performance on a certain kind of standardized test instrument--that all other considerations are obscure or absent. I recommend a dramatic reversal of figure and ground. At the center of the image called American Education, I propose three dominant figures: the kinds of Persons we value; the kinds of Workers we cherish; the kinds of local, national, and global Citizens that we need.

Opening of the GoodWork Hub, Netherlands

March 02, 2011

By Alexandra Gabrielli
On January 26, 2011 the Good Work Hub started its program in The Hague, Netherlands, a spot for people “who want to turn their profession into work, realizing that as such it has meaning. Whether you are a teacher, policeman, nurse, doctor or social worker, you contribute a building block to our society, development and civilization."

Educating for Today and Tomorrow

November 22, 2010

By Lynn Barendsen
Last week, along with several colleagues from Project Zero, I participated in a conference in Washington DC. Our hosts were CASIE (Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education) and WIS (the Washington International School).

Announcing Shelter - a new book by one of our GW Alumni

September 16, 2010

By Scott Seider
Every winter night the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter brings together society's most privileged and marginalized groups under one roof: Harvard students and the homeless. What makes the Harvard Square Shelter unique is that it is operated entirely by Harvard College students. It is the only student-run homeless shelter in the United States.

Children and Good Work

June 28, 2010

By Susan Larson
Very young children appear to embrace Good Work with greater enthusiasm than their older classmates. For nine years in elementary and middle school, we teach our students about numbers and dates and places. Then on weekends some of the students go to church, temple or synagogue to address their spiritual selves. The twain rarely meet. This project sought to join the two worlds, to help children get in touch with their better angels, to open their lives to the possibility of wonder.

The Obama Gamble

October 14, 2009

By Howard Gardner
I begin with a confession. Away from my home in Cambridge, traveling in London, I must admit, with embarrassment, that when I first saw the headline in a tabloid "Obama wind Nobel Peace Prize" I thought it was a joke. After all, the satirical publication, the ONION has featured headlines that were less surprising. A bit later, I realized that the joke was on me.

The Road to Hell?

September 26, 2009

By Howard Gardner
If the proverbial inter-planetary visitor observed educational policymakers around the world, she would soon infer their single preoccupation: “How to raise scores on international comparisons like the TIMMS or the PISA tests.” This mentality also dominates the United States. A focus on standardized tests, how to raise scores, and what consequences follow ...


September 15, 2009

By Lynn Barendsen
Welcome to the Toolkit website! This project has been a long time coming, and we are excited to watch what happens as this community comes together. In the past few months, we have been gathering together material for this site, and it's been a pleasure revisiting letters, syllabi, student work, and other materials gathered over the past few years.