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Thursday, March 31, 2011

President Obama shifts, embraces Unschooling Rules ideas

Meeting with students, parents, and teachers during a town hall in Washington, President Barack Obama said Monday that, "Too much testing makes education boring for kids. Students should take fewer standardized tests and school performance should be measured in other ways than just exam results."

The Obama Administration is beginning a significant shift in its education policies to embrace many Unschooling Rules such as the idea that standardized testing is NOT an effective way to either drive or measure a child's success. They are also realizing that, rather than life enriching skills, what students are learning in the classroom is how to be students in a classroom.

President Obama echoed many of the other 55 rules, including the ideas that students should focus their time on studying subjects they need or love, learning to do is as critical as learning to know, and knowledge should be expanded through real world experiences, not just books or pictures.

Obama's town hall meeting is timely, as his administration is making steps towards education reform, including a push for the "Dream Act" and a rewrite of the "No Child Left Behind Act" before the start of the 2011 school year.

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