Thursday, July 18, 2013

What I am Reading: Winter 2012


Number of homeschoolers growing “Researchers are expecting a surge in the number of students educated at home by their parents over the next ten years as more families spurn public schools. “In the USA Since 1999, the number of children who are being homeschooled has increased by 75%.” 

We educate our children naturally from the time they are born. Homeschooling doesn't have to be hard or difficult or onerous... Another encouraging article: Home is Already a Homeschooling Supply Warehouse, by Linda Dobson.
Kids have no voice.” Documentary about the state of schooling in the USA. I don't need convincing about home education, and documentaries like this only make me sad.

“All education is self-education.  Period.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop.  We don’t learn anything we don’t want to learn.” 12 Dozen Places to Educate Yourself for Free

Linda Dobson is currently publishing a collection of these stories by parents of grown home educated children (USA). Maybe one day we'll get a collection of similar stories from Aussie parents!

The rise of informal channels of education are examined in Are We All Deschoolers Now? “Illich advocated for the dismantling of educational institutions and, in their stead, the establishment of informal alternatives, like lending libraries for prohibitively expensive equipment and an educational match-making clearinghouse.” 

Slaman Khan, named one of Times 100 most influential people in the world. “The aspiration of khanacademy.org is to give every kid a chance at a free, world-class education.” http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2111975_2111976_2111942,00.html
In an article examining the role of schedules in our homeschooling lives, Linda Dobson argues for time for ‘nothingness’ in our children’s lives: http://www.parentatthehelm.com/9130/homeschooling-children-need-activity-and-nothingness-for-their-own-sake/

Another one from Linda which I agree with, although my approach tends towards treading softly and convincing people that everything in the school curriculum is already embedded in a busy, constructive and productive life: schools simply fragment it and dish it up in indigestible chunks.
It’s Time, Ditch Curriculum

I love this: "unschooling is not unparenting". Wendy nails the life learning lifestyle! The Art of Inspiration, the role of parents in unschooling:

Another brilliant magazine for natural learners! Flourish!

Interview with Dale Stephens, home ed grad and co-founder of the UnCollege) a macro-level social movement challenging the notion that going to college is the only path to success) in USA:

One of my favourite websites Natural Child receives a makeover! 
 
Yet another great parenting magazine: http://www.nurtureparentingmagazine.com.au/

On my list of books to buy soon! “Putting an end to coercive education and family life would be a big step toward creating a society that chooses action over consumption, that favours communication over weapons development, and that encourages conservation over production. And, for me, that is one of the goals of a well-educated society. I look forward to the day when school (at least in its compulsory form as we know it) doesn’t exist; meanwhile, I offer you these thoughts as encouragement for living as if it doesn’t exist.” from the foreword to Beyond School: Living As If School Doesn't Exist

Freedom to Learn—the Challenges of Unschooling, the report from a survey of 232 “unschooling” families who have children older than 5 years.  
 
Wendy Priesnitz writes on the benefits of boredom: http://www.wendypriesnitz.com/articles/boredom.html. If you are interested in exploring this topic further, also see:
 
Food for thought... Open Schooling is the Open Source Way:
http://opensource.com/education/12/3/unschooling-open-source-way

The Unteachables: A generation that cannot learn  is another opinion piece exploring the dangers of giving good grades with the aim of protecting fragile self-esteems. It also highlights a growing problem within the education system that also results from a ‘teach the test’ approach to education. Education is more than jumping through curriculum hoops to ‘pass’.

Is this the end of NAPLAN? Caught my eye but it turned out to be an opinion piece rather than factual reporting (which I wish it was!)

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