Rewild Your Child

These 2 links are from an article in Sept 2014 OUTSIDE MAGAZINE:

“[P]erhaps the best answer I can give to the question of what price my children might pay is in the form of another question: What price do school-going children pay for their confinement? The physical toll is easy enough to quantify. Diabetes rates among school-age children are sky-high, and the percentage of 6-to-11-year-olds who qualify as obese has nearly tripled since 1980. And what do children do in school? Exactly. They sit.”

“Peter Gray … a Boston College psychology professor who wrote the 2013 book “Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life”, is unsparing in his criticism of compulsory education. “Children are forced to attend school, where they are stripped of most of their rights,” he says. “The debate shouldn’t be about whether school is prison, because unless you want to change the definition of prison, it is. School deliberately removes the environmental conditions that foster self-directed learning and natural curiosity. It’s like locking a child in a closet.”
“What kids need instead, Gray contends, is exploration and play without supervision. It is this that allows them to develop self-determination and confidence. If he’s right, current educational trends are not promising: in 2012, five states voted to increase the length of the school year by no less than 300 hours.”

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Unschooling-The-Case-for-Setting-Your-Kids-Into-the-Wild.html

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THE SIDEBAR ARTICLE:

“Perhaps the closest you can get to unschooling in a school setting, the Sudbury model of progressive education puts the students in charge of their own intellectual development. At the Sudbury Valley School, on ten rural acres in Massachusetts, students from four to 18 choose what they learn, and how. There are no teachers (adults function as role models and resources), tests, grades, classrooms, or application requirements, but there is a photo lab, sound-proof music studios, an internet room in a restored barn, the freedom to spend all day outside if they choose.”

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Rewild-Your-Child.html

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