educational philosophy · unschooling

Scientific Thinking in Young Children

This recent article in Science is pretty interesting to me both as a parent and as an educator: Scientific Thinking in Young Children: Theoretical Advances, Empirical Research, and Policy Implications, Science 28 September 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6102 pp. 1623-1627 Abstract: “New theoretical ideas and empirical research show that very young children’s learning and thinking… Continue reading Scientific Thinking in Young Children

educational philosophy · for faculty · unschooling

Noam Chomsky on the purpose of education

In this 20 minute video, Noam Chomsky discusses different views on the purpose of education.  There is the traditional view that the highest goal in life is to inquire and create, and follow a quest for understanding, versus the control and indoctrination view where the believe is that “young people have to be placed into… Continue reading Noam Chomsky on the purpose of education

homeschooling · unschooling

children teach themselves: a case for unschooling

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201111/why-children-protest-going-school-more-evolutionary-mismatch My husband is a stay-at-home Dad who is “unschooling” our 3 young children.  This means that he is not following any curriculum, but letting the kids’ interests guide their activities.  While he is very comfortable and usually quite confident with this idea, I am cautiously going along with it, almost constantly in fear that… Continue reading children teach themselves: a case for unschooling