Free Your Books, Free Your Mind

At Librelibros.org I have set up a place where I hope the state will sanction and facilitate the building of open-source textbooks.  Teachers and local industry such as INTEL, and Sandia National Labs, and Los Alamos, and the universities could collaborate to be the authors, and contributing teachers (at least) could get paid(!) for their work.  With all that already exists online by way of khanacademy.org, and curriki.org, and wikibooks.org,  I hope leaders in New Mexico government can help sanction and facilitate the combining of these free sources with the building of free textbooks.

The textbooks would be for print or digital readers, and materials such as manipulatives could come from re-use projects, which would be simultaneously be teaching some ingenuity and frugality rather than consumption.

The books would be for brand new teachers, which could be followed faithfully, but hopefully will ultimately inspire authorship, and ownership in the profession of their choosing.   Besides getting paid, they would be getting investment, their expertise would be honed, and their knowledge would be implicit.

The open-source textbooks could become threaded with themed, integrated strands based on standards, and could be swapped and mixed like the music genome project.

New Mexico could become a leader, an incredible epicenter for innovation in education.  Please help by going to Librelibros.org.

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