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Resurrecting the Walking Dead: Creating Zombie-Free Spaces to Bring Post-Covid Learners Back to Life
As students and schools dust off their Covid cobwebs and prepare to return to in-person instruction, now is a good time to think about what we’re returning to.
The system we’re used to was designed to teach future factory workers to be compliant (and passably literate) during the Industrial Revolution. The factory-style classroom, with its obsessive concern for efficiency and standardization, continues to churn out dispassionate worksheet doers and bubble fillers while failing to nurture genuine intellectual or creative energy. Our adherence to this broken system is stultifying our workforce (and electorate!) at a moment when we desperately need innovators, disruptors, and game changers.
Imagine a classroom where students — in respectful collaboration with their teachers — weigh in on the direction and content of the curriculum. A class where learners speak up about which novel will be read, which historical issues will be explored, or when they’re truly ready to move on to a new math topic. A class where students are empowered to infuse assignments with authenticity and relevance, where “why are we learning this?” is understood as a sign of active learning rather than as a challenge to authority.
What is an Areté Seminar? With a 1:6 teacher-to-student ratio, an Areté Seminar is so much more than just a small class. Built on a foundation of open communication and mutual respect, our Seminars represent a shared goal: to create a place where profound reflection and innovative risk-taking are encouraged and celebrated.
Instead of competing for attention and points, Areté students engage in thoughtful questioning, proposing counterarguments, tightening logic, and working together to deepen and expand discourse. Our students learn to communicate clearly, think critically, and speak confidently.