Category Archives: Homeschool

School from infancy

The writer of this blog post, “Preschool Is the New School” (at the blog The No-School Kids: A Homeschool Retrospective), listens to her friend and another woman talk about their childcare arrangements and says: School? He’s not quite three years … Continue reading

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Behavior training: Do people really need 13 years of practice in paying attention?

Is it really necessary to make kids spend six or more hours a day, five days a week, for 13 years, in a place they don’t want to be, listening to things they don’t want to listen to, and doing … Continue reading

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Unschooling principles

Here is a brief comment I made on a post somewhere. The post was about what actions might or might not be in keeping with unschooling principles: Who decides what unschooling principles are? People do. People doing things and discussing … Continue reading

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“Weirdo homeschooler. EXECUTIVE homeschooler.”

Homeschooling sometimes reminds me of Eddie Izzard. This in particular: Eddie Izzard: Weirdo or Executive Transvestite? (on YouTube) Recently I read two books by “accidental homeschoolers” (by which I mean, they never intended to homeschool and in fact they are … Continue reading

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Don’t wait your turn

This is a great article, by somebody named Mandy in xoJane. Here, where Mandy quotes Seth Godin, I paused. Seth says: “Our cultural instinct is to wait to get picked. To seek out the permission, authority and safety that comes … 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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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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