Launch of Episode 1 of True Frames (Pilot) 4


This first episode builds off of frame we credit to Tupac Shakur – and examines the Purpose of the Education we need. In the breakdown, Sabrina Stevens, Francisco Guajardo, and Albert Sykes examine how schools have acted as both liberating and assimilating forces and the need to advance a “for agenda” based on what we want now, starting with the frame of “Relevance to Life”.


4 Comments on Launch of Episode 1 of True Frames (Pilot)

Eileen McDargh said : Guest Report 3 years ago

My initial thought is that it's a "start". I would want to know exactly would you change the educational frame. I need examples: Not this/ but this. I cn see true vignettes where students talk about how a teacher, a course, whatever opened them up to THEIR world. Agree that demographics is a weak reason. Go to Newport Beach and the demographic is very different from East Chicago. Our political discourse right now would segregate and leave behind many people. HOW do we start schools looking at this when so-called "leaders" create the exact opposite of understanding individual "self". Will send on to my daughter in a school district as well as my brother who is a professor.

  • I am not an educator per se but it certainly goes into my philosophy that we can't keep educating the same way as we did 150 years ago
Don Berg said : Guest Report 3 years ago

I appreciate that you are taking on the framing challenge. Your frames are variations on themes that I am working on as well. I have several interesting frames for education that are related to ones you mentioned: Consider that the ultimate challenge in education is similar to the change from miasma theory to germ theory in medicine. There is an intuitively obvious story about the cause of education that is currently dominant in the same way that the miasma theory was a suite of intuitively obvious ideas that turned out to be wrong about the causes of disease up until the 19th century. We now have the components of a scientifically accurate theory about the cause of education, but the dominant way of thinking is entrenched and will not change until certain conditions for that kind of social change are in place. My Story of School video presents a perspective on education that challenges the viewer to think beyond industrialization. Consider that there is a deeper cultural story that preceded and informed how industrialization was brought to bear in education. And more important consider that there is an even deeper cultural story that can help us move forward. If I am correct about the kind of change that is necessary, then it would be helpful to examine how such changes have happened in the past. And I mean looking beyond the various rights movements to think in larger terms about paradigms (in the sense that Thomas Kuhn meant for science). For instance, creating a grassroots movement is the right idea for a certain moment in the change process, but what might be signs that indicate this is the right time? There might be other actions that can be taken to better set the stage for a grassroots outreach process. Also, on a more specific note: I suggest that the frames you work with be tested in a scientifically relevant way. You are probably familiar with the work of Frameworks and hopefully you recognize the importance of proper message testing. A less than scientific approach is prone to a variety of biases that make it almost inevitable that the resulting information will be far from optimal and would probably result in wasted effort.

  • If you can get frame work funded and completed in a rigorous manner then my work would largely adopt your frames.
Eric Toshalis said : Guest Report 4 years ago

So good! I am S U P E R psyched about this and can’t wait to hear more about it! The video and website made my mind spin with ideas and connections. Some initial thoughts about why I think it’s rad: 1) True Frames takes the long view. Sheesh, do we need that. 2) It recognizes that politics, policy, and politicians tend to respond to the prevailing winds, so changing the winds will change them and get things moving in the liberating and equity-enhancing directions they need to go. Meta in its approach, but mindful of realities in the system—wicked smaht. 3) It finds and uses powerful orienting metaphors to start to change the narrative terrain on which our decisions about schools are made. By shaping the discourse and framing the questions the answers will land where we need them to be. Genius. 4) It promises to activate citizens using the language of possibility, the power of critique, and necessary occasional tangible outcomes we all need to sustain the energy for the long haul. Motivating people to show up, stay focused, and apply effort amid so many competing distractions and agendas is HUGE, I think, and this seems to have the right tone and hope. Love it! 5) The project is rooted in impacted communities where the voices, experiences, and expertise of families and students (can and should) form the foundation for the work carried out by researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and funders. That makes it responsive, authentic, and accountable which means it offers a powerful alternative to the “validity” and “reliability” and “generalizability” on which too many of us (mostly researchers) fixate. This is such awesome reframing here that will help it gain some serious traction to push back against the colonizing, assimilative agendas and the institutions that default to such modes. Bring it! 6) And it focuses on kids, not as “future resources,” but as fully human people, right here, right now. Essential.

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Shadiin Garcia said : Guest Report 4 years ago

I think it is exciting! It excites me because it had my head spinning in terms of wanting to talk to the folks on the screen. And then it had me get off my butt, walk over to my bookshelf and look up a reference. Anything that pushes a person to think more is an honorable endeavor. Here is my honest feedback which is really more of a running conversation with the video. "There are people every day making decisions, summits…" I feel like this opener really set the stage. It pulled me in immediately for many reasons. I cringe to think that others make decisions for my community and I also cringe knowing that I do that too in my current world. "More potent narrative" Loved that phrase "…shares potential public narratives that might resolve these hotspots while explaining and unpacking the historical context and choices that lay behind it…" I am not sure this phrasing gets to a clear point. Do the narratives themselves resolve the hotspots and also explain and unpack both the context and the choices? Or do they set the stage so that one can do so? And are they hotspots or tensions? And do tensions necessarily need to be resolved? My thought is no – but rather be explored. Hotspots yes but tensions can be good. "Tradition – caught up in school being an tradition..." Super powerful visual and voice. "Message one: As a teacher I have seen students eye light up." I smiled at Sabrina. Love the immediate centering of students. "Message two: Schools should be the incubators for the next development of the next generation of leaders" I hear the message. Not necessarily sure I agree – which would make it a great topic to discuss. I automatically wanted to talk to Francisco. Loved the phrase: “culturally appropriate, socially appropriate, geographical appropriate” and loved how he almost leapt off the screen while talking. I felt the urgency and the energy so if you were worried about film over Skype (I assumed this was an example of that) – worry no more. "Message three: Context. I want all children as well and my children relevant Freedom to be who our community needs us to be." Powerful. When I heard him say citizen, though, I immediately cringed because to the Chicana in me, that is a loaded word, but then I listened to him and was drawn into his context of citizen and I felt like I grew in that moment. I wanted to know him. "Education hasn’t changed. It hasn’t even assimilated itself to who we are." I love that sentence. "Really understand what liberation means…" This is the phase that made me get up and walk to my bookshelf. I was reminded of Sandy Grande’s assertion (among others), “that any liberatory project that does not begin with a clear understanding of the difference of indigenous sovereignty will undermine tribal life.” The terms democracy and liberation are almost always used without truly understanding how they can and do undermine sovereignty with regard to indigenous nations. Loved the artwork, especially the one with the three people in the corner with the now, ready, and heart on their shirts. (I got a bit confused with the message numbering…but that could just be me.) Last, and please take this with a grain of salt because it is my latest soapbox. I think every time we point to the changing demographics as reason for our work, we undermine the real revolution. And it came up twice in this video. Changing demographics cannot be the compelling rationale. We raise the level of discourse because it serves everyone. This country was first filled with nations of Indigenous folks and then genocide and (simultaneously) immigration occurred. To cite changing demographics erases that history and undermines the integrity for why we need to have this conversations in the first place.

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