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Re: [school-discuss] Free-Open Baccalaureate Idea

Good points. 

I have started a wiki for anyone interested in building any part of a free and
open education program. I know there are folks out there who have begun such
things before (open lessons, lessonforge). We'll join you or you join us. The
good thing is the wiki for getting things started easily. I'll take the hint and
begin a part of it myself. Probably grade 6 language arts (in English).

Anyone interested in grade 6 language arts or a project of their own, is
invited. Current address: 


http://members.iteachnet.org/mailman/listinfo/sffob (the mailing list).


 Quoting Massimiliano Mirra <mmirra@libero.it>:

> Yishay Mor <y.mor@ioe.ac.uk> writes:
> > Thanks for the reference.  I'll save it.
> >
> > My understanding of XP is that it does not preclude you from having a
> > vision, only suggest that you work towards that vision in small steps.
> Yes, kind of.  It also tries to tell apart vision from planning,
> warning about the latter.
> (BTW, I was not criticizing in any way.)
> I would like to quote two more paragraphs by Paul Graham that perhaps
> state the idea in a more direct way:
>     A throwaway program is a program you write quickly for some
>     limited task: a program to automate some system administration
>     task, or generate test data for a simulation, or convert data
>     from one format to another. The surprising thing about throwaway
>     programs is that, like the "temporary" buildings built at so
>     many American universities during World War II, they often don't
>     get thrown away. Many evolve into real programs, with real
>     features and real users.
>     I have a hunch that the best big programs begin life this way,
>     rather than being designed big from the start, like the Hoover
>     Dam. It's terrifying to build something big from scratch. When
>     people take on a project that's too big, they become
>     overwhelmed. The project either gets bogged down, or the result
>     is sterile and wooden: a shopping mall rather than a real
>     downtown, Brasilia rather than Rome, Ada rather than C.
>                           (http://www.paulgraham.com/popular.html)
> My experience with software projects based on voluntary work confirms
> Graham's ``hunch'', and the same probably applies for projects in
> other domains.  I think what they all are trying to communicate is:
> ``Start small, start easy, and above all start now.''


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