What is School For?

Seriously. What is school for? Many of you already know.

There are so many great teachers out there who are making a big difference, but unfortunately there are many administrators and teachers who don’t get it. Don’t get me wrong, there are some amazing teachers in the public school system. But when everyone is evaluated by test scores, school isn’t what it should be. Continue reading “What is School For?”

Why Math Instruction is Unnecessary.

Don’t let the title of this post put you out, it definitely has it’s shock value. Math is everywhere around us and we should get a good handle on it… but that’s why what John Bennett says makes so much sense.

John is a teacher of math and a homeschooling parent who offers a radical-sounding proposal: that we cease to require math instruction in middle and high school. He came to this point of view over a number of years, as he attempted (and failed) to convince students that the math they were learning was beautiful, useful, or an imperative component of their future prosperity. When he stopped trying to connect math with students and simple tried to connect with the students themselves, he made a profound discovery – kids are suffering from “math anxiety.” If the goal of math is to teach us deductive and inductive reasoning, might games and puzzles be equally effective in developing kids’ reasoning skills – and allow them to fulfill their life missions? “We want to reawaken analytical and critical thinking schools that have been anesthetized by the standard curriculum,” says John.

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