Home Education

How much of the world has my son seen?

My teenage son and I were having a discussion about boredom (his), the infinite nature of our minds and the universe, and the massiveness of the unseen Earth. Our disagreement centered mostly on how much of the planet he’s seen, his claim being that he’s seen enough to qualify as being more than “none percent”. […]

User Generated Education

Good learning is not a matter of finding a happy medium where both parties are transformed as little as possible. Rather, both parties must be maximally transformed—in a sense deformed. There is violence in learning. We cannot learn something without eating it, yet we cannot really learn it either without being chewed up.” — Peter […]

Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

Adora Svitak is a precocious young learner who spoke at TED in February 2010. She has some great ideas for turning around adult attitudes about children. She uses humor to “roast” the contemporary adult perspectives and misjudgments of childhood. In the short time she has to make her exposition, some of her points only boil […]

TED-Ed | Lessons Worth Sharing

NEW YORK, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — TED, the nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” today launches the second phase of its TED-Ed initiative: a groundbreaking website [http://ed.ted.com] housed on TED.com that enables teachers to create unique lesson plans around TED-Ed video content. TED-Ed seeks to inspire curiosity by harnessing the talent of the […]

Newsweek: Why Urban, Educated Parents Are Turning to DIY Education

I don’t usually read Newsweek, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a positive article on homeschooling from them.

Gamification of Home Education

Gamification is turning some process that is ordinary and mundane into a game. I’ve written before on my own experiments with gamifying home learning. Just search this blog for “Reality Games” and you’ll find all those posts. TechCruch writer and avid gamer Tim Chang has written a piece called “All the World’s A Game” on how […]

Who can measure a child’s true potential?

This question is on my mind as I read about the boy who played with nuclear fusion: Who is truly qualified to measure a child’s true potential as a learner? On what scale or under what metric system do we assess the potential that can arise from the curiosity of a toddler? Under what permissible […]