(The following is a transcription from HRP’s recent podcast episode.)

Paul Geheeb is a relatively unknown progressive education leader. Unlike Maria Montessori or Rudolf Steiner, Geheeb wasn’t focused on writing articles or books, nor inventing new systems of methods. His legacy is solely imbued in Echole d’Humanité, or the School of Humanity. Located in Switzerland, the School of Humanity is an elite international boarding school regarded as one of the best in Europe. Its motto, which Geheeb centered his entire educational philosophy on, is Become who you are.

Geheeb believed that every single child had a unique individual essence that…


Pictured: Notecards on a wall-mounted hanging line.

Educators who stay in the field believe they can make a difference. We spend hours of our free time trying to reimagine education. This year has highlighted that there is a continual issue with equity in education; and that there’s a serious problem with the way schooling in general is tackling the issues we face today.

I’m very privileged to teach in a well-funded district. I teach in a public magnet STEM school which provides free tuition to underserved students in Springfield, Ohio. We attract students who primarily don’t do well in standardized, traditional classrooms by providing more hands-on, project-driven…


We desperately need our schools and communities to become restorative and transformative spaces. — Mariame Kaba

Mariame Kaba’s collection of writings, We Do This ’Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice is a perfect encapsulation of understanding the carceral network, the importance of organizing, and counteracting inhumane systems. Taking readers through a variety of topics centered on abolition, Kaba offers organizers advice on maintaining hope in spite of constant looming threats and setbacks. She pushes readers to join the movement and make change.

As an educator, this work provides two radically important narratives:

1) It frames an understanding…


Back in 2003, I was obsessed with the online multiplayer RPG: Star Wars Galaxies (SWG.) Joining hundreds of thousands of other players, enthusiastic aspiring-Jedi, bounty hunters, and Bantha herders, sprung into a massive, open Star Wars universe for the first time. Verant Interactive Inc. (later acquired and renamed to Sony Online Entertainment (SOE)) and LucasArts teamed up to release the widely anticipated title, and expected their widely ambitious game to make millions upon millions of dollars.

Star Wars Galaxies was confusing and filled with technical issues. It required players to read pages upon pages of tutorials to understand what was…


Each month, the Human Restoration Project chooses books that we believe are paramount for progressive educators to read. These are not necessarily categorized or numbered by importance, relevance to a certain topic, or release date. Instead, these are the books we’ve read recently to inform our own practice and publications.

When Nick and I came across this quote, we knew we had to learn about Haim Ginott. Ginott, a child psychologist and bestselling author, wrote a series of books in the ’60s and ’70s on parenting and teaching. …


Each month, the Human Restoration Project chooses books that we believe are paramount for progressive educators to read. These are not necessarily categorized or numbered by importance, relevance to a certain topic, or release date. Instead, these are the books we’ve read recently to inform our own practice and publications.

Manufacturing Happy Citizens: How the Science and Industry of Happiness Control Our Lives by Edgar Cabanas & Eva Illouz provides a convincing condemnation of “positive psychology”, the relatively recent scientific study of happiness. …


‘You have a morbid aversion to dying. You probably resent the fact that you’re at war and might get your head blown off any second.’

‘I more than resent it, sir. I’m absolutely incensed.’

‘You have deep-seated survival anxieties. And you don’t like bigots, bullies, snobs or hypocrites. Subconsciously there are many people you hate.’

‘Consciously, sir, consciously,’ Yossarian corrected in an effort to help. ‘I hate them consciously.’

‘You’re antagonistic to the idea of being robbed, exploited, degraded, humiliated or deceived. Misery depresses you. Ignorance depresses you. Persecution depresses you. Violence depresses you. Slums depress you. Greed depresses you…


Each month, the Human Restoration Project chooses books that we believe are paramount for progressive educators to read. These are not necessarily categorized or numbered by importance, relevance to a certain topic, or release date. Instead, these are the books we’ve read recently to inform our own practice and publications.

Published by the University of Pittsburgh, Radical Teacher is a self-described socialist, feminist, and anti-racist journal founded in 1975. Since 2013, the entire publication is accessible for free online, double peer-reviewed, and filled with in-depth articles. Radical Teacher offers a vast repository of information on incorporating social justice in K-college…


What does it mean to instill a liberatory pedagogy?

This is a recap of our asynchronous professional development session, where we worked as a cohort to develop actions and solutions for equitable practices in our classrooms. Instead of focusing on specific teaching strategies (e.g. learning student names, offering “high fives”, using a certain text), we spoke about specific actions to dismantle and transform systems in education. This session can be used as an anchor for future development in liberatory pedagogy. Feel free to complete the activities yourself!


This past week, Human Restoration Project has had the honor of presenting this workshop on ungrading and liberatory pedagogy at Digital Pedagogy Lab 2020. Here’s an overview of the activities we covered, what we learned, and resources to share!

Introduction: What Does it Mean to Lead a Liberatory, Feedback-Driven Classroom? (by Nick Covington)

“Unprecedented” is a word that somehow manages to overstate and diminish every era, and its overuse in the last five years — let alone the last five months — should be enough for us to unanimously agree to excise this basically useless descriptor. To describe each moment of our continuously unfolding present as unprecedented is often a meaningless call to inaction…

Chris McNutt

I'm an educator who wants to reconstruct schools. Let's start a movement! HS Digital Design & Media Educator & Founder of the Human Restoration Project.

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