- 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.
4. Twenty-five critical skills seldom taught, tested, or graded in high school.
- Wired Magazine: Bas Verhart: Education is failing the future-makers
Part Two: Content
7. Throughout life, everyone unschools most of the time.
- Jay Cross: Informal Learning
- NPR: Physicists Seek To Lose The Lecture As Teaching Tool
- Science: Lectures selling students short: evidence from 'Science'
- Boston Globe: http://articles.boston.com/2012-02-06/news/31031164_1_harvard-yard-answer-professors
- Washington Post:: Colleges looking beyond the lecture
- 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
14. Create and use periods of reflection.
15. If you care about learning, start with food.
- 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
21. Is it better to be “A Great Reader” than “Addicted to Computer Games”?
- BBC: Video games 'stimulate learning': http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/1879019.stm
- Fast Company: Video Games Are Tomorrow's Answer to Executive Training: http://www.fastcompany.com/1824740/video-games-are-tomorrows-answer-to-executive-training
- Deeper Dive: Clark Aldrich interview of Will Wright, Warren Spector, and Jane Boston on Games and Simulations
- See examples of Serious Games: http://clarkaldrichdesigns.blogspot.com/search/label/Registry
- Deeper Dive: The Fallacy of Learning in a Bubble
- 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: http://unschoolingrules.blogspot.com/2012/02/exit-lectures-enter-games.html
28. One traditional school day includes less than 3 hours of formal instruction and practice, which you can cover in 2.
29. Homework helps school systems, not students.
- Harvard Graduate School of Education: Are You Down With or Done With Homework
- Cornell Daily Sun: Faculty Consider Banning Homework For Academic Breaks
31. Avoid the Stockholm syndrome.
- Deeper Dive: Why we cram for tests.
Part Four: Customization
33. In education, customization is important like air is important.
- Mass Customization in Education? http://www.eschoolnews.com/2012/02/21/mass-customized-learning-the-key-to-education-reform/
- The Daily Pennsylvanian: Redefining the college diploma: http://thedp.com/index.php/article/2012/02/students_pursue_individualized_majors
- Deeper Dive: Education is Individualistic
35. Be what schools pretend to be, not what schools are.
36. Fifteen models that are better for childhood learning than schools are.
- Picture: Community Theater: http://unschoolingrules.blogspot.com/2012/02/places-to-learn-community-theater.html
- Wired Magazine: You Play World of Warcraft? You're Hired: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.04/learn.html
38. Children learn unevenly, even backwards.
39. Five subjects a day? Really?
40. Maturing solves a lot of problems.
Part Five: Community
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
"Grouping kids by age for instruction makes about as much pedagogical sense as grouping them by height!" – Dr. Deborah Ruf, founder of Educational Options
43. Minimize “the drop-off.”
44. Increase exposure to non–authority figure adults.
- Example: Sheep Shearing
Part Six: Credit
45. Tests don’t work. Get over it. Move on.
- International Journal of Education Policy & Leadership: Ranking of International Achievement Test Performance and Economic Strength: Correlation or Conjecture
- Good Education: Only 7 Percent of Teachers Believe in Standardized Tests: http://www.good.is/post/only-7-percent-of-teachers-believe-in-standardized-tests/
- Political Cartoon: Our Education System
- The Chronicle of Higher Education: 'Badges' Earned Online Pose Challenge to Traditional College Diplomas
48. Use technology as assessment.
- 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.
52. Under-schedule to take advantage of the richness of life.
- NYT: The 'Busy' Trap
53. Parents care more than any institution about their children.
- 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
- WSJ: America Has Too Many Teachers
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
- The Public Opinion: Project Hope: Alternate route to graduation
- New York Times: Instruction for Masses Knocks Down Campus Walls
- New York Times David Brooks: Schools praise diversity but have become culturally homogeneous
- 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)
- The Innovative Educator (http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/)