I began my career in education in 1952, teaching in a semi-rural high school in northeastern Ohio. Since then I've taught at every level from 6th grade through the university, been a county-level director of instruction, teacher educator, consultant to publishers, states, and foundations, contributor to academic journals, author of textbooks, professional books, and courses of study, newspaper columnist, and visitor to schools across America and abroad.
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Systems-Based Learning (SBL) accepts the view of Alfred North Whitehead, Thomas Merton, John Goodlad, Albert Einstein, Peter Senge, Buckminster Fuller, Arthur Koestler, David Bohm, and many other respected scholars that neither the academic disciplines nor the traditional core curriculum adequately model reality’s holistic, systemically integrated nature.
Systems-Based Learning courses use traditional content, systems thinking, and personal experience, to address the problem and help learners better understand complex, real-world phenomena.
The sequenced instructional materials are designed to help adolescents of middle school age construct comprehensive, integrated, permanently useful mental models of reality to guide thought and action.
SBL courses are offered free of charge or obligation to educators for use with their own learners. We encourage users to critique the courses of study and work with others to suggest improvements.
This article, "The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of the Parts" published in 2013 by the English Journal, summarizes my views on curriculum.
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