We need to rethink our whole education system, moving it away from the factory model of “schooling” with its standardization and regimentation and towards something that is woven more into real life and is more facilitative than directive. Here are some of my thoughts on that possible transformation. Click on the highlighted title to open up the piece.
Let’s Have a Real Discussion about Education Policy – My thoughts on the lack of a broad discussion about education policy in the U.S. political system
Rethinking the U.S. Education System – A look at some analysis done of thoughts of young adult Millennials about what they see as needed to rework our education system to make it more effective.
Can a Hierarchical Public Education System Survive? – Is any massive hierarchical system doomed to corruption, waste and eventual collapse?
Controlling the Pace of Your Own Education – Part of the regimentation of education is the state mandating the pace of school, currently assumed to be at least 17 straight years from kindergarten to college degree. If it ever was an effective timetable for learning, it certainly is not today particularly with the increasing cost of college.
Compulsory Schooling – The Hammer of Educational Equality – My thoughts on why school continues to be compulsory today and how maybe we can move beyond that.
Thinking Outside the Schooling Box – Looking at changing our educational paradigm from a bureaucratic exercise where education is something that is given to you to one where it is something you seek yourself.
15 Things Students Want the Nation to Know About Education – Thoughts on the results of one of those rare surveys of students and what they think would improve their education.
When the Student is Ready… – Thoughts on our education system that attempts to force learning on the student rather than understanding the traditional wisdom of facilitating real human learning.
Under Imagined and Over Taught – Moving from trying to program our kids for success to letting them unfold in the logic of their own development, including thoughts from author J. K. Rowlings.
Educating for Human Greatness – My review of long-time teacher Lynn Stoddard’s book and an overview of his holistic approach to education.
Ending Mandatory Education – My thoughts on this radical concept.
Educational Transformation? It’s the Governance Stupid! – Often glossed over, perhaps the most important tool to transform our education system is to get the teachers and the students involved in really running their schools.