Category Archives: School

Technology in the classroom

Give students their own pencils, and you just don’t know WHAT they’ll draw!! Teach them to write, and next thing you know, they’re passing notes. We don’t want any technology in the classroom, thank you.

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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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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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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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Why homeschool? Why school?

This is my reply to a post on a very interesting blog called School of Smock, called “10 Thoughts by an Educator about Homeschooling (and Why I’m Still Worried).” The author lists the reasons that homeschooling is growing and cites evidence … Continue reading

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How do I make my child … ?

I follow various social-media pages and groups and message boards because I learn about interesting books and toys and articles from them, and I appreciate those things. One thing I dislike about those pages and boards, though, are some of … Continue reading

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