There is a strong connection between the business world and the modern institution of schooling. Historians of education have explained how schools as we know them were profoundly shaped by the influence of business leaders and by educators who adopted theories and techniques from the economic realm of society. Many major turning points, new initiatives, [...]
Astra Taylor, self-taught filmmaker, shares her experience of being unschooled and how it has formed her view of education and creativity. Also, the literary magazine n+1, has recently published a Kindle chapter by Astra on her unschooling childhood. What do you think of her experience?
Sir Ken Robinson shares his insights and thoughts into an education system that is modeled on the industrial revolution way of doing things. However, times have changed and many students are not getting the creative freedom and education that they need in today’s evolving and globalized world.
Children’s ability to learn experientially through day-to-day living is the foundation of what happens in democratic schools and unschooling homes alike. Part of that experience is kids doing real work in the real world, motivated by their own real interests and goals. It is not pseudo work where kids are “allowed” to “help” adults or [...]
The title of this essay reflects my nervousness at education’s growing trend toward coining catchy names for new ideas and approaches. This is especially the case when the term involves converting a verb into a noun. Examples such as “experiential learning,” “service learning” and yes, “relational learning,” the subject at hand, come immediately to mind. [...]