Alfie Kohn shares more research that concludes there is no meaningful benefit to homework. And still, the homework persists, because there are plenty of people who don’t care what the research shows. “If experience is any guide, people will respond to these results by repeating platitudes about the importance of practice, or by complaining that … Continue reading Homework
The yarn project needs two more colors. Can we go to JoAnn? I put Sherlock on the Netflix queue. It says there’s a very long wait. What else shall we add? Do you think it’s too hot to bake? I have to write a bio for camp. Whose laundry is in the dryer? Can you get it, … Continue reading Living As If School Didn’t Exist
“I’m completely library educated. I’ve never been to college. I went down to the library when I was in grade school in Waukegan, and in high school in Los Angeles, and spent long days every summer in the library. (…) And it’s far more fun than going to school, simply because you make up your … Continue reading Library Educated
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
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