Like Tomatoes, Homegrown Freedom Bursts With Flavor and Life-Sustaining Nutrients

4 07 2007

Education IS democratic engagement.

MisEducation’s annual salute to home-grown, authentic independence:

History lessons are about human values and Power of Story.

What about Thinking Parents who believe the biggest lesson of history is that standardized schoolish ways don’t work for teaching courage and character or even the overthrow of tyranny, that today’s school system is contradictory to the very values it’s meant to teach — that the leaders most worth learning about, were individuals who diverged from the path others would have chosen for them?

What if we believe well-educated citizens determined to remain free are inspired from within by a muse, a cause, a passion they’ve discovered within and defined for themselves — and that to be worth fighting for, any cause we choose had better be important enough to sustain our individual souls in the face of all odds and even tyranny?

What if freedom is a history lesson only those free to learn can possibly learn?

The Cultural Myths and Realities of Classroom Teaching and Learning” by Graham Nuthall :
” . . .I have slowly become aware of how much of what we do in schools and what we believe about teaching and learning is a matter of cultural routines and myths. . . [and] research on teaching and learning in classrooms is itself caught up in the same rituals and myths, and sustains rather than challenges these prevailing beliefs.”

Doc says it in thoroughly unschooled liberty here.



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