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misspent youth

Actually millions upon millions of them … thanks to the Prussian education model replicated in our country and most of the world. With today’s technology, here is a tantalizing tease of what could be: “In education markets, like the Asian tutoring industry, top teachers are superstars who get to design curricula for thousands or even millions of students and train scores or hundreds of other teachers to use their effective methods. Quality providers expand and are emulated by competitors, and there is a powerful incentive for meaningful innovation. … One teacher in Korea’s private tutoring sector made $2 million last year because his web-based employer has profit sharing and he’s brilliant at what he does, so he gets tons of […]

self-directed education

You might know from (some of) my 59 posts here on the topic, that education, that is truly FREE education is a subject near and dear to my heart. The website everything voluntary just published a real nice, well supported article about education that I find well worth sharing. Why Our Coercive System of Schooling Should ToppleWritten by Peter Gray I’ve been called a crazy optimist, a Pollyanna, a romantic idealist. How can I believe that our system of compulsory (forced) schooling is about to collapse? People point out that in many ways the schooling system is stronger now than ever. It occupies more of children’s time, gobbles up more public funds, employs more people, and is more firmly […]

stealing our formative years

The Washington Post ran a beautiful photo montage of children at work from 100 years ago. I get it. It’s not supposed to be beautiful. It’s supposed to be horrifying. I’m looking at these kids. They are scruffy, dirty, and tired. No question. – from FEE – Foundation for Economic Education – But I also think about their inner lives. They are working in the adult world, surrounded by cool bustling things and new technology. They are on the streets, in the factories, in the mines, with adults and with peers, learning and doing. They are being valued for what they do, which is to say being valued as people. They are earning money. Whatever else you want to say […]

dangerous school choice

Public Education Is Superior and Must Be Protected from Competition Opponents of School Choice Can’t Make Up Their Minds Kevin Currie-Knight from the Foundation for Economic Education Defenders of public education often point to data showing public schools to be as good as or better than private alternatives. A recent book celebrating such data is The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools. Public schools, according to the authors, tend to outperform private rivals on a variety of metrics. Such groups as the National Education Association teachers’ union have used this research to make a case against “privatization.” (The book’s research has been criticized in some quarters for using flawed research methods, and other data show that […]

selected quotations

You may have noticed in the right sidebar a rotating series of quotes. I uploaded a large collection of those I have found to be particularly significant. Most have come to my e-mail box via my signing up at liberty Tree for a daily trio. While they aren’t all striking, many are. Those I save and share here. The set below are most effective together. They came days apart, but relate to each other … and to us. ————— “A family member asked my wife, “Aren’t you concerned about his (our son’s) socialization with other kids?” My wife gave this response: “Go to your local middle school, junior high, or high school, walk down the hallways, and tell me which […]

home education help

You might note that the headline below says “10 Great Books…” and I only included 7 in this clip. I didn’t want to give it all away. You really should go to her website to read the whole post. Click the headline link to get there. 10 Great Books for Homeschooling Parents January 30, 2016 by Emily We live in a time when there’s no shortage of great reading options for home educators. I’m incredibly grateful for that because that’s exactly where we turned when we began homeschooling. We turned to our local library and researched diligently to prepare for our journey. Since then, I’ve continued to turn to books for homeschooling parents for encouragement, further learning, and new ideas. […]

explaining to 9-year-olds

The Story of Two Buses By Gary North Your son asks you a question. “What are those two buses, Daddy?” You tell him that they are two very different kinds of buses. ” How are the different?” he asks. You explain that on the first bus are prisoners who are being taken to jail. On the second bus are students who are being taken to school. “But how is that different?” your son asks. That’s what I’m asking, too. You tell your son that the men on the first bus are required to get on that bus. Then your son asks you if the students on the yellow bus have a choice in the matter. You think about it. Neither […]

post post-graduate school

Off the Grid Tired Attending Memorize and Obey School? Try The Make School. from Conventional school system lags behind the advancing industry, shifting norms and its services are too costly for the average household. In US alone, the total student loan burden has reached $1.2 trillion and rising, covering 40 million Americans. What made this whole thing a scam is that it would take some good long years working under meager wages to be able to pay the principal loaned amount and its corresponding compounded interest. While this may make good business sense to the banks, certainly that’s not the case for the student-victim. These facts frustrated one MIT student to dropout from college in order to co […]