Back to (the wrong) school

I’ve been reading Seth Godin’s blog (via email subscription) for about a year, since someone suggested it online in a discussion about business productivity. I love his succinct articles, making it always possible to fit them into my busy day, and they almost always make me ponder.

Today he has written about the state of education in Back to (the wrong) school. He doesn’t mention homeschooling, but of course I think that is a natural follow up consideration. His post today is like a summary of what John Taylor Gatto has been writing about since his book Dumbing Us Down was published over a decade ago (link goes to a review and summary of the book).

By homeschooling we are opting out of the factory model of schooling that Gatto and Godin describe. We learn naturally what interests us when we’re ready. Learning is part of life for us wherever we are, not a separate thing we go to do. My homeschooled kids are in the real world already, setting goals, creating projects of their own design, and becoming the adults they want to become, with their parents and many other adults guiding them as needed along the way. The world changes so fast now that it’s hard to imagine what it will be like when our kids are adults. Let’s prepare them to think for themselves, solve problems, work well with others . . . not sit in straight rows and obey instructions so they can become productive compliant workers.

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