Living in a College Town. . .

13 05 2008

. . .just makes unschooling (our kind of home education) for us.

Too bad it’s not the same college town I grew up in — Go Gators! — but that’s a minor point compared to the difference between living in any college town, and not. We’d miss a lot in our unschooling, if not surrounded by all these creative community resources both human and institutional.

What about you?

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Columbia Teachers College Review: Learning Is “Radically Unmanageable”

13 05 2008

Which assuming that “to teach” is to manage someone else’s learning, would make college majors and state certifications in teaching pretty silly if not fraudulent, yes? 👿

Personally this is my first encounter with educational spatial theories (hey, grad school for me was a quarter-century ago, give me a senior discount!) and so I won’t poke further fun at it until I learn at least enough more to do it properly! — but apparently this is indeed a serious subject for education theory intellectuals, predicated on the work of one Edward W. Soja in books like “Thirdspace: Journeys to Los Angeles and real-and-imagined places” and cultural conference offerings such as 2003’s “Spaces of Identity” from IU.

And look, “homeschooling” even gets a shout-out in this review of education spatial theory, so maybe it IS worth doing my own homework to learn more:

Claudia Hanson Thiem puts the case simply in her “re-reading” of the U.S. homeschooling movement: “If place and scale are part of political practice, they should become part of the conceptual repertoire used to analyze educational governance and policy development” (p. 17).

This collection offers a series of well documented, strongly argued, and clearly focused studies. Taken together, they demonstrate that “spatial effects” do indeed exist in the dimension of education. To study education without considering how the dynamics of educational policy and practice create spatial effects (such as unequal provision, choice, identity, globalization, literacy, visualization) is to risk narrowed or flawed understanding. . . Read the rest of this entry »