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The Closing Door

March 21, 2014

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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 […]

Forcing Others To Do Things

March 4, 2014

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I fundamentally believe in letting children do what they want. I’ve never experienced a situation where it felt effective to force a child to do something against their will. Sometimes it is necessary much like it is necessary for the government to force citizens to pay taxes (with my daughter this usually revolves around messes, […]

As Many Decisions As Possible

August 25, 2013

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I recently stumbled across a blog post by Penelope Cruz Trunk about homeschooling: Homeschool is a how-to-live decision not a how-to-learn decision I fully respect the title of the post. I agree that the decision to homeschool needs to take in to account many factors unrelated to a child’s education. We will most likely never […]

Parents Are Scared (At Least I Am)

February 5, 2013

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The following was written for the Alfie Kohn and Pasi Sahlberg Blogathon as I have a lot of respect for the work of Alfie Kohn (and probably would for Pasi Sahlberg as well once I learn more about his work). —————————————————————————————————————————————————– I think parents are scared. At the very least I know that I’m scared. […]

Time-Based Motivation

June 20, 2012

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I was just playing around with Motion Math, working on a review for The Puzzle School and I came across one of their games where if you don’t answer fast enough then a pin pops your bubble and you have to start over. I’ve never been a big fan of this type of motivation. It’s […]

Rethinking Failure

June 19, 2012

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The concept of failure is very present in modern day education. We use the threat of failure as both a means of motivating, so that you don’t fail, and of filtering, preventing those students who did fail from moving forward. This concept of failure is only part of the picture in the real world, though. […]

Rest As A Sign Of Respect

May 25, 2012

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In high school I was notorious for falling asleep at my desk. My teachers would force me to stand at my desk (while my classmates sat) in order to stay awake. It was taken as a sign of disrespect that I was falling asleep. In some ways I was being disrespectful. I was telling the […]