What a crazy, insane week it’s been.
We started out with a shuttered federal government until the honorables up in Washington figured out some basic playground manners and walked our country away from the edge of global financial pandemonium. In light of the magnitude of all that, I thought I’d take it a little easy on you readers for Lunch Links.
First, here’s an excellent, but lengthy, article in Wired about an innovative teaching method at work in Matamoros, Mexico, a chaotic border city I happened to live near in years past.
The article focuses on one teacher’s embrace of an unusual teaching technique that puts education in the hands of students, by tapping into the children’s natural curiosity. The students he taught were from backgrounds that few of us could imagine, living in or next to a city dump, with little access to electricity, much less computers or Internet, in a school referred to as a lugar de castigo—”a place of punishment.” And they ended up embracing this new way of teaching and, by early measures, succeeding.