Evolution and ‘Pod People’

5 10 2006

I don’t do podcasts (yet) but I might have to start — both as personal entertainment AND as education research. Will podcasts turn our kids into “pod people?” A stretch perhaps, but not so far-fetched as Darwin’s Radio, which wasn’t that far-fetched itself when you think about it.

Darwin's Radio book cover

If culture changes like the Internet can actually change individual brains, those changes will in turn change institutions and obsolesce the ones it can’t –this morning I heard NPR guests discussing the extreme need for institutional change by Congress, the Supreme Court, and our whole system of governance (presumably schools too, hey! See if you can check it out on a podcast.) As our population hits 300 million this month, each Senator represents 3 million of us. How well represented does that make you feel as an individual? No WONDER government institutions are foundering and as individuals, we’re mad as hell, not gonna take it any more. Mucho maladaptations that can’t be helped just by changing the color scheme of the decor from red to blue, or back again . . .

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What a Stupid “Homeschool” Exchange

4 10 2006

It was in fact too dumb to blog!

Except to say I remember now why our local homeschool discussion list — isn’t.

And that some Thinking Parents — aren’t.
Maybe random parents who happen to home-educate shouldn’t expect to have anything more substantive in common than random parents whose children go to school?

NCLB-Inspired Protest Songs

26 09 2006



Is This What Kids Want For Christmas?

25 09 2006

I’ll start the letter to Santa:
Please bring preteens everywhere a huge box of school stuff for National No Name-Calling Week, to use in January during that long, tough stretch before Valentines Day. I guess it is hard to keep their boredom, rebellion and rage levels down, waiting for the bus in the dark every morning and not getting home until it’s already dark again, only to start on that mound of homework because school is WORK, and they might as well get used to it!

Christmas gift

No wonder they so often snarl at each other like the family dog under the piano just trying to find a moment of peace.

Here’s a better gift idea that doesn’t come in a $129.95 kit with a “riveting” videotape — don’t use the force of law to cram kids unwillingly into big buses and even bigger common spaces all day everyday, for their whole lives! Thar be alligators and name-calling isn’t the half of it . . .

Maybe it’s not the kids who are misfits at all, but their institutional schools and all those well-meaning schoolfolk (the kind who actually believe name-calling coloring books cure rage and powerlessness?) that misfit them.

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