Individualized Education in Schools

Here’s a surprising article about a new book called The Call to Brilliance: A True Story to Inspire Parents and Educators. The way it sounds, I’m guessing she was an unschooler, or very close to it. Yet, because she works as a teacher in the public schools, has grown children who are academically oriented, and is able to speak from a very scholarly point of view, it sounds marvelous. Not some scaaary, crazy, unruly way to learn.

An unschooling article that sound marvelous, and compelling.

Very interesting.

On the one hand, I’m excited at the potential for progressive educational ideas to be seriously considered and discussed. On the other hand, if it requires that in order for anyone in the education community to take it seriously, it has to be worded in their own vocabulary, and from their academic perspective, is the conversation really happening? Or is it merely a spin on the same ideas that keep schools stuck?

Maybe I’m being pessimistic and a little cynical. Really, any change that allows people more room to be individual and authentic, no matter what the language, is a good thing in my opinion. Also, any change that lets people fail, and lets people succeed, at the same time rather than expecting everyone to “succeed” at everything, all the time, is a move in a positive direction for our children, for our schools and for our society.

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