Fascinating Valerie. There is so much information packed in these sites. I'm just starting to dig into vblog and yet I have so much reading to do. I was listening to Henry Giroux this morning. He is an outspoken public intellectual. In this conversation with Bill Moyers he suggests possibilities for artists and creative folks to counter the consumerist, zombie thinking so prevalent in our society today. I'm struggling with how many people are spinning their own pedagogical programs outside of school. These resources can be viewed inside public school. That's positive but how is that deep, critical questioning has to come in the form of Youtube clips and blogs rather than in our daily conversations and teaching practices within school? There isn't enough time to dig in deeply within the school day. I know you challenge time constraints and curricular limitations in your classroom. I am just really amazed that curriculum is popping up beyond the school so profusely as we are rapidly defunding public education. Are we heading for a Youtube classroom? How do we keep intellectualism alive in public education? What use is critical thinking, the buzz word of the day, if we don't have time to read challenging scholarly texts in school? Are artists taking on the challenge of pedagogy outside the classroom as a way to fill in the gap of what is not allowed to exist in schools?
I have to spend some time reading all the sites you list. These are rich resources. Thank you so much for sharing them!