I think it’s reasonable that as neuroscience and our understanding of the human brain advances over the years that we will:
1. Realize that the way we are educating our children today is not “evidence based”. That kids/brains are wired so differently and/or are at such different “places” at a given point in time that it makes little sense (on a large scale) to follow a curriculum that will “work” for every kid.
2. On the flip-side, we we also find that some things that we thought we’d “figure out” are even *more* intractable than we guessed.
Both are arguments for letting go.
I don’t personally think of this as reductionist thinking.
I am also not arguing that things like classes/lectures are cannot be worthwhile. I obviously know that they can be. I watch/listen programs on TV and the internet all the time and learn a lot. But I was the one who chose it. Not a curriculum.
– Classes (from p19-22, Free at Last: The Sudbury Valley School)