jerry mintz – aero

jerry mintz bw

[roselyn heights, ny]

we asked Jerry..

two questions


Jerry is one of idec 2013’s coffee talkers:

idec 2013 coffee talkers


Jerry is talking here in a clip from class dismissed:

Jerry on aero site:
jerry mintz on aero site

from site above:

Jerry has been a leading voice in the alternative school movement for over 30 yrs. In addition to his 17 yrs as a public school teacher and a public and independent alternative school principal, he has also founded several alternative schools and organizations and has lectured and consulted around the world.

In 1989, he founded the Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) and since then has served as it’s Director.

Jerry was the first executive director of the National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools (NCACS), and was a founding member of the International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC).


Jerry speaking at TEDxYouth 2012:

5 min-ish in – detox talk..


august 2013 post (by Jerry) regarding the fallacy of testing:

The Testing Fallacy 

The recent news in Newsday about the “failure rate” of New York students on standardized tests doesn’t even begin to touch on the inherent flaws of the tests.

Firstly, these tests don’t test anything important to a student’s future, such as creativity, responsibility, ability to understand, relate to and work with others, ability to use resources, etc. Factual knowledge is about the least important thing that a student needs in these days when you can look anything up. Look, for example, at Sugata Mitra’s work with the “hole in the wall” computers in India in which children cooperatively not only learned how to use the computer but learned English entirely on their own. Mitra spoke at our recently completed International Democratic Education Conference in Boulder, Colorado.

But the tests are a reflective indication of the loss of ability to learn even factual material. Why? The testing mania is forcing teachers to “teach to the test” and abandon almost anything that is interesting and fun in the child’s learning experience. This gradually extinguishes their natural ability to learn. So it accelerates the decrease in learning ability that happens when children are forced to learn material that is not of interest.

The traditional, professional educators who have forced this testing on the children and teachers were apparently completely unaware of the Heisenberg Principle in physics or the Hawthorne Principle in sociology—that you profoundly effect the subject of your measurement by the fact that you are measuring it. For example, in physics the Principle shows that you can never know everything about the location of particles because to locate them you need to shoot other particles at them, thus moving them. In the case of this forced, standardized testing the effect is powerfully negative, as even indicated in their own flawed tests.

This destructive regime of forced testing should be immediately abandoned.


nov 2014:

ten signs you need to find a different kind of ed..