Monthly Archives: February 2013

Bullying in the cage

This article at CNN (called “Could Your Child Be a Bully?“) illustrates yet another case, I think, of folks failing to take the next logical step and calling the phenomenon of full-time, age-sorted, compulsory school itself the problem: “I look … Continue reading

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Alternate history

Padawan is reading a new series of Star Wars comics called “Infinities,” which is like a series of alternate histories. We also call them “what if” stories. What if Luke had not managed to blow up the Death Star? What … Continue reading

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Standardized testing as logical outcome

Maybe national bubble-fill standardized testing is a logical outcome of an educational system that divides students by age, divides knowledge into discrete subjects, divides the subjects further into discrete courses, and divides the courses further into monthly and weekly and … Continue reading

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Public versus obligatory

I strongly support public education. I am opposed to obligatory education. I believe that a system (or systems) of education — schools, teachers, academic classes, performance art classes, art studios, mentors, tutors, project-based activities, book clubs, gymnasiums, swimming lessons, science … Continue reading

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You can try again

On leaving a cult at age 27: “I have no idea what kind of work I want to do, or where to live. How do people decide these things?” We all have things to unpack from our childhoods. Assumptions to … Continue reading

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Without school, parents forced to care for own children

This is worth reporting? On a snowy day, somebody at home in Massachusetts made a phone call, and her child asked for something to eat. It sounds like an article from the Onion: “Area Mom Talks on Phone, Fields Request … Continue reading

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