What’s new at Appleton

As Central School languishes behind a fence, Appleton Academy will once again rise as an educational institution.

In 2012 The  The Center for Information, Technology & Society and The Program for Knowledge, Learning & Social Progress   purchases the building to the be site of their K-12 education program.

Mission statement from their website:
Since 1986, our mission has been to help mankind make the best of life in ways that economic market forces neglect.  So our focus is on furthering K-12 education and furthering human values which cannot (or are not) monetized. These are “public goods” which, like other nonprofit efforts or government efforts, are the root reason for these agents (and their philanthropic and government support)
Begun as the Program on Information, Technology & Society at MIT, CITS has been a charitable nonprofit since 1986 — dedicated to improving human communication and learning.  In 2003-2008, the program returned to MIT via a formal affiliation with the MIT Media Comparative Studies Program with a revised mission focusing on Knowledge, Learning, and Progress.
In 2012, CITS took over the 1789 Appleton Academy in New Ipswich, NH to be the site of our K-12 education programs and to provide Boynton Middle School students with learning projects, both addressing the Nation’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiative and for field testing of a simpler way to learn based on Charles Peirce, William James, John Dewey, E. A. Singer, Thomas A. Cowan, C. West Churchman, and, most importantly, Russell L. Ackoff. In Choice, Communication and Conflict, 1967, Ackoff brilliantly provide a framework for knowledge and understanding, which we have adapted as The Science of Knowledge and Learning. Dr. Priest’s RPI dissertation, The Need and Value of Restructuring Human Communication Systems was based on Ackoff’s work, and he created a course on The Science of Knowledge at the Emma Willard School of Troy, NY, in 1970. These students quickly and appreciatively found the course very informative. It is an improved set of materials that Appleton Academy will foster. One learning aid will be to apply the Science of Knowledge by projects where students explore the differnce between analog-based and digitally-based artifacts.
What’s new at Appleton?
One of the analog “artifacts” in the collection
Dr  W. Curtiss Priest and his wife at the 152nd Children’s Fair
Dr Priest fields questions

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