I watched Waiting for Superman recently. It’s an exasperating film, full of unfounded assumptions, not least of which being the assumption that putting kids in a box is the starting point for all learning.
From an article by Richard Elmore, instructor at the Harvard School of Education, on the modern secondary school: I wonder, finally, what would happen if we simply opened the doors and let the students go; if we let them walk out of the dim light of the overhead projector into the sunlight; if we let them … Continue reading Just Let Them Go
Classic Peter Gray: If you think school is not prison, please explain the difference. The only difference I can think of is that to get into prison you have to commit a crime, but they put you in school just because of your age. In other respects school and prison are the same. In both … Continue reading School is Prison
Out in the world the other day I heard a young boy of seven or eight get scolded for not paying attention. The thing he was not paying attention to was his page of multiplication homework. He didn’t want to do it. He didn’t want to correct the wrong answers. He didn’t want to figure … Continue reading Attention Deficits
Ronnie Maier did a great job in her recent blog post debunking the notion that unschooling = lazy parenting. I suspect unschoolers will be making these points again and again as unschooling continues to pop up in mainstream circles and people unfamiliar with it react in familiar ways. It’s good to be armed with reasonable … Continue reading Lazy. So?
Before we were unschoolers, we were homeschoolers. We were relaxed about it, pursuing a makeshift curriculum that touched on all the basic stuff while allowing us lots of room to wander off the trail. It felt loose and free, especially when compared to conventional schooling. We remained caught up in the school-y things, though, in … Continue reading Tipping into Unschooling
Apropos of “enhanced pat downs” and “full body scans” and all the rest of it we’ve been hearing about as the holiday travel season approaches, this is a passage from 101 Reasons Why I’m An Unschooler. School students have no inherent right to privacy. Anything in a student’s possession, on their person, or in their school … Continue reading You Have to Be Carefully Taught
…you remember everything you knew before. That is the point of departure, when your new life’s journey begins.