Ed+, Ed-, Ed@, Ed∞, EdPosition, EdPolicy, EdInspire
I don’t expect anyone to read out the Write to the Bone Education series. If I wanted that, frankly, I’d have to buy it. So I’ve provided tags, on top of categories and an index, so the user can pick and choose. Here’s what they mean:
Education Plus is a tag to show augmentation of K-20 Education. School sponsored extra curricular activities such as band, tennis, debate and a chess club are examples. Tutoring is an example. Any augmenting approach designed to give students a better chance at a successful school experience can be tagged in this way.
Ed- (minus) indicates a learning environment where the traditional school curriculum has been trimmed to suit a specific need. The examples are getting a GED as an out, rather than a high school diploma. Someone may choose a two-year community college degree or certification program (dental hygienist or welder) over a formal degree. Guilds or union schools are an example where participants learn a trade rather than engage in a broad education.
The Ed@ tag implies online training. Online training is no longer specifically limited to a public education. In this context, Ed@ does not particularly care who the end user is, may or may not involve payment, might or might not lead to certification or a degree. Most often Ed@ augments careers with continuing education rewards but it can be anything, including training for avocations, self-gratification. Ed@ is not simply just-in-time knowledge (Boolean search for example), but rather a course of some kind, possibly leading to certification or a degree.
The infinity symbol implies life-long learning. These postings are about techniques and opportunities, policies and possibilities, which go beyond the scope of a formal public or private education. Ed∞ is intended to highlight a way of being that can begin at birth and continue to death.
I don’t write policy so everywhere this tag is used, the reference is to policy discussions relative to governance – legislators, school boards, advocacy groups and so on.
In this context, taking a position on a policy or technique acknowledged personal bias, personal experience, academic style research, and reflection. For what it’s worth, the ‘EdPosition’ tag marks a personal formal declaration. It’s a way of tagging what I believe I’ve found to be true or at least relevant. Though unlikely, it’s always possible that I’ll change my position. Counter positions welcome in the comments area.
Sometimes videos or vignettes inspire new ideas, new approaches and greater energy. Exposure to the postings in this category, often videos, inspired me greatly. If the reader has no more time than to check out a few postings, these are the tags to hunt for.