Category Archives: Unschooling

Homeschoolers’ fight against common core is misguided

Once in Home Education Magazine (Nov-Dec 2012), Mark Hegener asked, “What does homeschooling gain by critiquing schooling?” That thought helps me to focus my energy. And perhaps it is one of the ideas that led me from my initial interest … 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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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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