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School Kids Need Recess Not ‘Wiggle Chairs’

It isn’t easy being a kid these days: the school day has changed a great deal since the current generation of grade school kids’...

What Happens When You Ask Unschoolers “What They Want to Be...

My daughter is a baker. When people ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, she responds breezily: “A baker, but...

Is Mass Schooling behind the Anxiety Epidemic among Teens?

Dovetailing with World Mental Health Day earlier last week, The New York Times published an article about the skyrocketing rates of teenage anxiety, depression, and suicide. It highlights recent...

Schooling Was for the Industrial Era, Unschooling Is for the Future

Our current compulsory schooling model was created at the dawn of the Industrial Age. As factories replaced farm work and production moved swiftly outside...

School Should Be More Like Summer Camp

For many children, summer camp is transformational. Working collaboratively, mostly through play and hands-on experimentation, campers try new things, encounter new challenges, and meet...

Some Refreshing Honesty about the Purpose of Mass Schooling

In case there was any ambiguity over the idea that mass schooling values and rewards conformity and compliance, an elementary school in Florida has...

“Back to School” Is Not Inevitable

The New York Times article on "6 Things Parents Should Know About Sending Kids Back To School" begins: Surely there are some kids who are...

Do Schools Teach Kids to Hate Reading?

In a recent exchange of small talk, I asked a friend how the last school year had gone for his child. He replied that...

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