Mar 15, 2010

A few notes I've been collecting and thought I would share. . . .

From one of my favorite e-newletters from Education Revolution - that may be a favorite just because of the name! I do love the idea of a revolution -  a peaceful revolution, with the public magically becoming aware of the power they hold just by having a voice and a place in society. . . wouldn't that be a lovely revolution?

6) New Research Supports John Holt's Views About Learning
Courtesy of Pat Farenga (featured presenter and panelist at AERO conference this year)

One of the core ideas of John Holts approach to education is that children are good at learning. (Wow, unfortunately as commonsensical as that seems to me, it is not a widely held belief.) John asserted in the early sixties, often and clearly, that children are natural learners and that adult interference in their attempts to learn, often through uninvited teaching, inhibits childrens learning.

This idea continues to be met with skepticism as most adults believe not much is going on with babies and young children; they are considered to be silly giggle machines incapable of clear, deep thought. (sad!) Indeed, I must admit my dismay as I read more and more from both homeschoolers and schoolteachers that they worry how children arent ready for kindergarten or that they must formally teach children how to talk and walk.

Why is it that the more educated we become as a society, the less we trust our innate abilities to learn?

Further, with so much emphasis being placed on getting children ready for school at ever-younger ages preschool playgroup consultants could become a new market.  I applaud every parent who decides let their children play instead being plugged into an early enrichment program. 

An article in The NY Times (Aug. 16, 2009) about current research done on how babies learn confirms what John wrote nearly fifty years ago and should give heart to parents and teachers who want to help children learn in their own ways:

Read the entire article by Pat Farenga at

"I do believe that choice is a human right for parents to direct the education of their children,"
- said Schundler. (from

and a new york times op-ed piece from 2009:
click to read it


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