Our schools continue to implement standardized curriculum, cutting learners off from their homes. Community- and Place-Based education takes advantage of the natural tendency people have to form connections to where they live, improving both the motivation of students and giving them purpose. A biology class, rather than study a list of vocabulary and diagrams, can observe and collect data right outside the school.
If we add to our example the support of a local organization, the teacher and organization can include lessons in civic education, environmental and social justice issues, and elements of service learning very easily. Making the walls of the school more permeable in this way helps students, teachers, and families in the quest to improve communities.