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