School's OutThere is a great article over at The Tyee on Matt Hern and the evolution of schooling,
At 3:30, a well-tattooed Matt Hern comes out of the office and tells everyone it’s time to leave. “No overtime!” he jokes. Another group will be coming in soon to take up one of the many programs the centre offers: from basics like French, art and drama to more esoteric subjects like gentrification and zines.It's a bit long but Hern is one prong of the two prong attack which will leave industrial era education roadkill. Theother prong, yep, it's Al Gore's invention....the internet.
Hern is, in his own always-colourful words, “a pig in shit” here. The Purple Thistle is one of the most recent incarnations of more than a decade of work as an educator, student and observer of alternative schooling models. In his recently published book, Field Day: Getting Society Out of School, Hern says there are cracks in formal education systems that aren’t likely to be fixed from within. He advocates that schools decentralize and follow an institutional model closer to that of the venerable library.