When a kid builds a model rocket, or a kite, or a birdhouse, she not only picks up math, physics, and chemistry along the way, she also develops her creativity, resourcefulness, planning abilities, curiosity, and engagement with the world around her. But since these things can’t be measured on a standardized test, schools no longer focus on them.
Building your own education with stuff you find around the house is so cool it’s red-white-and-blue hot. And despite public stereotype you needn’t be a holy/wholly homeschooling homesteader to learn out of school.
Imagine a school where kids could do the following:
clone jellyfish DNA
build gadgets to measure the electrical impulses of cockroach neurons
make robotic blackjack dealers . . .
convert gasoline-burning cars to run on electric power.
No such school exists, but in August I went to Detroit and met the kids who did all these things, and more.
We cock our snooks in synchronized salute to Colleen for this, the last article we may ever need to confound our critics. Here’s the author blogging about it.