EduCon 2.3 pre-events kicked off this morning in snowy Philadelphia. Despite a second consecutive snow day for students, many were out in force at the Science Leadership Academy to help out and provide guided tours. The school building itself is nondescript located among the many business blocks south of the city center, but it doesn't take long to get an impression from SLA students that it definitely is a place for learning. I was impressed with adult-like conversations by the students and explanations about what they see as to the similarities and differences between their school and others. They emphasized the rigor in their classrooms but also talked about the use of technology and social networking as tools for learning. You could sense from their enthusiasm that SLA is definitely a unique school.
...the U.S. Constitution grants no authority over education to the federal government. Education is not mentioned in the Constitution of the United States, and for good reason. The Founders wanted most aspects of life managed by those who were closest to them, either by state or local government or by families, businesses, and other elements of civil society. Certainly, they saw no role for the federal government in education. ~ David Boaz