17. Your Tailor-Made Intellectual Extravaganza
"Whatever you love, you will love it more truly when you understand its history." Llewellyn
"The unpleasant flip side of living in an information age is that it's hard to know what matters and what doesn't." Llewellyn
But, Miss Llewellyn, isn't this the reason many people give for the purpose of school?
"In a library, you can learn whatever you want, but no one will try to make you learn anything." Llewellyn
"They knew they could be assertive since they were five families strong, and for each of their kids the district wo... http://tl.gd/a8but5
Lets repeat this one because I think it is real important:
"They knew they could be assertive since they were five families strong, and for each of their kids the district would gain $3,000. They presented the following list of requirements to the administrator." LlewellynDiane Ravitch, in a recent speech, called parents the sleeping giants in education reform. Somehow I don't think this is quite what she means but this strategy used by different homeschooling organizations in the past could be used to enact massive school changes. Think about it. If you and five other families each had two children who were of school age and all felt strongly about something related to how the school spends money in the name of educating your children collectively you have massive power to make change. These five parents potentially could leverage $50,000-$100,000 of per-pupil revenue the district receives (depending on what the local per pupil rate is). This kind of leverage is huge. Now, if that number of families was bigger, say 40 and each had at least 2 children now we are talking about $400,000-$800,000 of funds for that one school. THIS IS HUGE!
"nothing real is as uniform or predictable as the rows of offices in a tall building." Llewellyn
"As long as your mind is honest, your understanding of the universe will be in flux: an ocean, not a sidewalk." Llewellyn
"Most four-year-olds aren't fundamentally bewildered, and it's not for lack of questions and wonder." Llewellyn
"Ultimately, education is about our connection to the universe, our place in it. The bigger that connection, the bi... http://tl.gd/a8cfj3
21. Unschooling science
"School treats science all wrong. It usually allows no play and is afraid to ask you to do serious work. But real s... http://tl.gd/a91035
"Don't be brainwashed by government education people when they emphasize science and math over other subjects. This... http://tl.gd/a919qj
"Many of us don't even know what math is—we confuse it with arithmetic and forget that it's more about logic, and a... http://tl.gd/a9lpb7
This chapter is mostly a list of social studies resources. Nothing that really grabs me.
"The best English teacher in the world would hardly say a word, especially to the whole class at once. She would st... http://tl.gd/aaai7c
"Sometimes literary criticism seems utterly ridiculous, a way to make insecure English professors feel as scientifi... http://tl.gd/aaak57
"We learn by example. Therefore, the best writing teacher for most people is lots of reading." Llewellyn
"I've had several students who spoke articulately, but who panicked and fell apart when they had to write, because ... http://tl.gd/aaaqcm
Nothing of any real surprise here. Llewellyn basically recommends you learn a foreign language by visiting places where other languages are spoken.
"Don't divorce art from the rest of your life." Llewellyn
RT @anderscj "Don't divorce art from the rest of your life." Llewellyn
Again, nothing really grabbed me here. She more or less just tells her readers to go out and enjoy the great outdoors.
"I see distressing signals that young people are increasingly softer, more cautious, overprotected by parents and a... http://tl.gd/aatpi0
I find this distressing too. When I was a kid my friends and I used to run all over the neighborhood. It was expected behavior of us. Today, if a parent let their six, seven, eight, even ten-year-old do this they would be considered negligent. Sad. I wish things were different. I wish I could give my own children the freedom I had. I worry about what they are missing out on by not having this basic affordance.
"If you are a receptive adventurer, you will learn far more from quiet observation than from any contrived academia." Llewellyn
This may be one of the more important chapters in this book because it not only dispels a lot of myths about unschooling and education but also gives actionable advice for how to go to college (if you end up wanting to go) even without a high school diploma, and perhaps even without a GED.
"It's no longer an exception or an unusuality when unschoolers get into the most elite institutions, hardly even wo... http://tl.gd/aaufuf
"I hope soon to hear from people who are admitted to graduate schools without having completed undergraduate degrees." Llewellyn
"Colleges increasingly encourage freshmen to take a year off for work or travel after high school before college. T... http://tl.gd/aaupne
"Many unschoolers tell me that college is a possibility for their futures, but only if they find themselves specifi... http://tl.gd/aausm6
"I am appalled that young people are routinely encouraged to go into significant debt in order to earn a piece of p... http://tl.gd/aauvun
@mwacker it is becoming the American caste system
@anderscj living it... Shame on us!
@mwacker I would love to get my Ed.D or Ph.D in education or have a job those degrees open doors to but I can't afford it.