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You Can’t Predict The Future

March 25, 2014


Human beings are terrible at predicting the future once you have a certain level of complexity. A great example of this is going on right now with the NCAA tournament, where there are a number of upsets, but very few people who have successfully predicted them: When Picking a Bracket, It’s Easier to Be Accurate […]

The Closing Door

March 21, 2014


I’ve been trying to understand the deep fear that I see in so many parents, my wife and myself included, when I talk about the idea of a school that is run by the students, where the students are not forced to do anything against their will, where they can literally never attend a single […]

What If They Play Video Games All Day?

March 11, 2014


“I don’t want our kids playing video games for 12 hours a day” This has become a sticking point between my wife and me as we debate education. I’ve come to believe that children will thrive when given complete autonomy (as long as they don’t infringe on the autonomy of someone else – the same […]

Falling Asleep in Biology

February 17, 2014


When I was in high school I used to fall asleep at my desk. I’ve always had trouble staying awake when asked to sit still and listen. I still struggle with it a great deal, but luckily I’m rarely forced to sit still in the same manner that I had to do every day in […]

A Crazy Dance

January 7, 2014


When I was at Diablo Valley School (a Sudbury School) the other day one of the students who was in the room with me started doing a crazy dance. It lasted for a few minutes at least. He was spinning around, jumping up and down, and basically just going crazy. He wasn’t bothering anyone else, […]

How Does This Not Blow Your Mind?

December 24, 2013


For the last 45 years Sudbury Valley schools (and before that Summerhill) have provided students with a K-12 educational environment where the students can do what ever they want, when ever they want all day long. There are no classes (unless requested), no tests, no homework. There are no requirements at all. The students spend […]

Stats On Schools

December 18, 2013


I just wanted to write down a few stats on schools I just ran across having a Twitter debate. 70% of Americans are unhappy at work due to lack of engagement (source) Only 14% of SVS alumni were dissatisfied with work due to financial situation (source) 63% of public school students go on to college […]