Tag Archives: education

What test to teach to?

One can’t fault the teachers since they’re being evaluated in part on how well their students score on these tests. But could there be clearer evidence that the point of schooling is to take tests? That test preparation, more than … Continue reading

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What to honor

Many devoted teachers love their students and daily make the best — and then some — of an otherwise bad situation. Let’s thank and honor those teachers, bless them, but please let’s do it without glorifying the bad situation. (And … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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