06 February 2015

Hacking Education - Techies & "Unschooling"

Wow, this is so timely as I'm working on a post that touches on some of these same topics. The problem is it undermines much of what we hear preached from academia. Freedom and technological advances are allowing the rest of us to invade their turf and rest assured, they don't like it. They feel threatened. They have good reason to.

@ Wired.com:

The Techies Who Are Hacking Education by Homeschooling Their Kids

(Forget what you think you know about homeschooler stereotypes. Here are some of the more interesting quotes from the article):
The Cook boys are homeschooled, have been ever since their parents opted not to put them in kindergarten. Samantha’s husband Chris never liked school himself; as a boy, he preferred fiddling on his dad’s IBM PC to sitting in a classroom. After three attempts at college, he found himself unable to care about required classes like organic chemistry and dropped out to pursue a career in computers. It paid off; today he is the lead systems administrator at Pandora. Samantha is similarly independent-minded—she blogs about feminism, parenting, art technology, and education reform and has started a network of hackerspaces for kids. So when it came time to educate their own children, they weren’t in any hurry to slot them into a traditional school.
And . . . 
“The world is changing. It’s looking for people who are creative and entrepreneurial, and that’s not going to happen in a system that tells kids what to do [and what to think] all day,” Samantha says. “So how do you do that? Well if the system won’t allow it, as the saying goes: If you want something done right, do it yourself.”
Ah, but that's the problems. The groupthink control freaks in Big Education and academia believe only THEY are qualified to educate. Actually, they're more interested in indoctrinating than educating, which is a big part of their now verifiable and epic failures. So folks are, shall we say, seceding, from public education.

As this article points out, most schools actually inhibit creativity and learning. Even a lot of educators are ignorant about the facts of homeschooling, believing the movement is populated solely by conservative Christians who "abuse" their children's minds. Absolute narrow-minded, ignorant nonsense. While the pioneers in homeschooling were primarily evangelical Christians, the movement is much more diverse these days:
When homeschooling expert Diane Flynn Keith held a sold-out workshop in Redwood City, California, last month, fully half of the parents worked in the tech industry. Jens Peter de Pedro, an app designer in Brooklyn, says that five of the 10 fathers in his homeschooling group work in tech, as do two of the eight mothers. And Samantha Cook says that her local hackerspace is often filled with tech-savvy homeschoolers.
But perception has, and continues to change. Doubters are, perhaps reluctantly, becoming believers:
As a proud recipient of a great public school education, I harbor . . . misgivings. And yet, as I talked to more of these homeschoolers, I found it harder to dismiss what they were saying. My son is in kindergarten, and I fear that his natural curiosity won’t withstand 12 years of standardized tests, underfunded and overcrowded classrooms, and constant performance anxiety. The Internet has already overturned the way we connect with friends, meet potential paramours, buy and sell products, produce and consume media, and manufacture and deliver goods. Every one of those processes has become more intimate, more personal, and more meaningful. Maybe education can work the same way.
It does and will, as long as we keep the "experts" in their ivory towers and away from those of us who embrace freedom and success.

I recommend the whole article here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In home school, you just want everything to make sense.

In public school, you never expect anything to make sense.

Regardless of whether your child can identify a flag on the kindergarten standardized test, when all is said and done, the child who is raised expecting that whatever is taught, will be studied until it makes sense - - that child will succeed - whether at Driver's Ed, Real Estate class, Fast Food calorie count, or whatever.

They are not programmed for failure.