- The first was, what do schools do that seems bizarre?
- The second question was, what do schools not do that seems critical to education?
Having said that, some people have asked for more official citations for the rules - stamps of approval to validate their own common sense. (I believe this motivation actually comes more from a desire to kick the can for real solutions and a love of debating methodology than self-doubt.) And they are in luck. I suspect over the next ten years, various people will come to national attention and be hailed as brilliant and controversial and thought-leading as they champion each of these rules.
So perhaps Unschooling Rules should be thought of as a book from the future, say 2022, that summarizes most of the bold, startling, surprising, revolutionary, and breakthrough ideas of 2012 to 2022. Pretend it was the result of collectively 100 million dollars of grants, if that will make you feel better. The truth is that most of these are obvious, but we will pretend they are not as long as possible. Society is better able to absorb them one at a time anyway (i.e. that is more "realistic"). I am just impatient.
Here are some early citations for some of the rules:
- Three percent of American students -- about 1.5 million children -- are homeschooled, according to the 2012 Statistical Abstract recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau. (http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0240.xls)
1. Learn to be; learn to do; learn to know.
- Wired Magazine: Bas Verhart: Education is failing the future-makers
8. What a person learns in a classroom is how to be a person in a classroom.
- Frank Forecich of Exuberant Animal: http://unschoolingrules.blogspot.com/2011/08/exuberant-animal.html
- NBC Nightly News: College Students Use Therapy Dogs To Cut Exam-Time Stress
- Flower and egg stand
- ABC News Do Fatty, Processed Foods Lower Children's IQ?
- Washington Post: School lunch debates heat up
- Deeper Dive: To gain insight into schools, look at how they treat food.
- Profile: Algebra Touch
- Obion County Central High School began experimenting with “Bring Your Own Device”
- New York Time Op-Ed: How to Fix Our Math Education
- Picture: Maps and timelines
- Deeper Dive: Clark Aldrich interview of Will Wright, Warren Spector, and Jane Boston on Games and Simulations
- The Atlantic: The Idea Factory - What happens when you gather the world’s most imaginative minds under one roof?
24. Teaching is leadership. Most teaching is bad leadership.
- For Good Leadership Example: http://unschoolingrules.blogspot.com/2010/06/interview-with-brock-dubbels.html
- Citation: The wrong leadership style gets desired short term results at the expense of long term.
- Wharton: Losing the Capacity for Experiential Learning
- Deeper Dive: http://unschoolingrules.blogspot.com/2010/12/schools-that-dont-encourage-genuine.html
- Psychology Today: The Dramatic Rise of Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents: Is It Connected to the Decline in Play and Rise in Schooling?
- Deeper Dive: Why we cram for tests.
33. In education, customization is important like air is important.
- Deeper Dive: Education is Individualistic
41. Socialize your children. Just don’t use schools to do it.
- Businessweek: Bullying May Accompany Drive to Be Popular
- Edudemic: The Current State of Bullying In Schools
46. The future is portfolios, not transcripts.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education: 'Badges' Earned Online Pose Challenge to Traditional College Diplomas
- NYTimes: Blogs vs. Term Papers
- Huffington Post: Not Just Wall Street: Protesters Should Target Colleges Over Student Debt, Tuition Increases
- Business Insider: IT'S OFFICIAL: College Students Learn Next To Nothing
- In the last thirty years, college tuition tripled.
- Slate: Why the law-school bubble is bursting.
- Deeper Dive: Four Potential Futures of the College System
50. Outdoors beats indoors.
- Chicago Tribune: Chicago school bans some lunches brought from home
- Deeper Dive: Is there a culture of anti-parent discrimination among some professional teachers? Is that a problem?
- Pharmaceuticals and Diagnosis
- NYT News Service: ADHD medicine shortage worries patients, doctors
- Zero-Tolerance Policies
- Scream rooms: Officials say 'scream rooms' common in Connecticut schools
- Huffington Post: New York School's Strict Bathroom Policy Rewards Students For Holding It In, Outrages Parents
55. The only sustainable answer to the global education challenge is a diversity of approaches.
- Deeper Dive: Imagining a One Thousand Dollar MBA
- Deeper Dive: Assessment + MMORPG + Real World Challenges: How The MESH will Change Education
- Ocean Classroom Foundation
- Chewonki Foundation
- Aldermere Farms
- Morris Farm
- The New School
- Maine Academy of Natural Sciences
- New Jersey
- Princeton Learning Cooperative: http://plcteens.org/
- Acton Academy
- Full Sail
- The Tinkering Studio (http://tinkering.exploratorium.edu)