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02/25/2009

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lisa lacombe

cole, thanks for sharing both the video and your thoughts and frustrations.

it seems creativity is being smothered at a faster rate than when my kids were in grade school a decade ago (i still have boxes of creativity as evidence). even then, i searched for a more creative educational approach, enrolling them in montessori for a few years, and a charter school for a year (ya, that mixing of 3rd graders with 8th graders makes for some interesting sex ed discussions happening on the playground). i feel fortunate that my kids managed to learn to think for themselves in spite of the system.

honestly, today i have a much greater appreciation for families who choose to home school than i used to.

Cole Camplese

@lisa lacombe I talked with Ken Monday about home schooling and I love the concept, but doubt we'd ever go down that path. I think what I am discovering through exploring all of this is that the system itself may not be repairable ... that it may be time ignore the existing structures and start building a new approach. Not sure, but that's what my head is telling me at the moment.

Kristin

great video, btw. finally got a chance to watch it... and this model of intensifying school rather than changing it works until the society is no longer industrial. which is where we are right now.

clinging to the industrial models and hoping to regain manufacturing and intensify standards and assessment -- well, it's all the past. it might feel like the right thing to do, but it is not. our future will be one of problem solving ... lest we forget that there are calculators for multiplication and robots for manufacturing.

Cole Camplese

@Kristin I heard a quote last night that says something to the effect of we are over testing our students and under assessing them. We teach tests just to give the tests ... students may memorize the material for the test and never push beyond. What concerns me is that we've lost the notion on the importance of metacognition. I want to drive to a level of thinking and thinking, not worrying so much on the perfect answer. Time to move on ...

Bob Calder

Cole, The history of home schooling puts the content providers in a space that is very very very conservative. A good part of the movement is fueled by fear of the government. Sure you can take advantage of the schooling concept and do it yourself. A class size of one can be very productive.

Nobody in education has lost understanding the value of metacognitive skills. State testing regimens stressed bringing the lowest quartile upward in 2000. Since then, they realized that the rest of the curriculum had suffered. (When you acquire an additional 30% of specialized reading staff and don't increase the budget, classes like Marine Biology, German, Music, Art, Programming, and many others.) Next go around, a scoring system will implement points for having students in AP classes.

There is a sort of grand experiment going on. Home schooling, charter schools, NCLB, improvement plans, anything goes as long as it is "common sense" and not validated by good research.

Under Bush, the NSF education directorate funding was curtailed because they required standard-for-NSF research rules. Funding was moved to the DOEd since they have a much lower bar for evidence. The result is a higher teen birth rate due to abstinence-only education and of course, the massive rule structure that creates the Test-or-die mentality.

The originator of the "Destroy the System" meme among conservatives was Reagan's guy Bennett. Last time I looked, he was fronting online curriculum for Michael Milken. Thank goodness they decided that selling to businesses was a better source of income than k12.

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