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A Teacher’s Open Letter to George Lucas: We Need Your Independent Vision

By Anthony Cody — November 08, 2012 1 min read

This morning the CNN Schools of Thought blog carried the following:

Dear Mr. Lucas,
I have recently read of the $4 billion that you will receive for selling your movie empire to Disney, and your plans to give most of this money to support education. This is wonderful news. I deeply appreciate this generosity. I am writing a letter to encourage you to think outside the box as you decide how to spend these funds. It is critical to consider where educators find ourselves in 2012.

The George Lucas Education Foundation already has made a substantial impact on our schools. Edutopia has been an amazing resource for years, sharing news and examples of project-based learning, authentic inquiry and other innovations. The emphasis is almost always on giving students rich challenges, with opportunities for creative expression.

This emphasis is decidedly at odds with the direction of the other giants of “education reform.”

Continue reading the full letter here, at CNN’s Schools of Thought blog.

And continue the dialogue with me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody

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