Psychology Today‘s Freedom to Learn blogger, Peter Gray, has a new piece on compulsory education and the push by the current federal executive administration for longer school days. He included some thoughts on education, including self-directed learning – unschooling.
School is a prison — and damaging our kids
Longer school years aren’t the answer. The problem is school itself. Compulsory teach-and-test simply doesn’t work
By Peter Gray
In our culture today, there are many routes through which children can apply their natural drives and instincts to learn everything they need to know for a successful adulthood. More than 2 million children in the United States now base their education at home and in the larger community rather than at school, and an ever-increasing proportion of their families have scrapped set curricular approaches in favor of self-directed learning. These parents do not give lessons or tests, but provide a home environment that facilitates learning, and they help connect their children to community activities from which they learn. Some of these families began this approach long ago and have adult children who are now thriving in higher education and careers.