One of the most eye-opening pieces of writing I’ve ever read is A Mathematician’s Lament” How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form by Paul Lockhart. I’ve known Paul since our sons met when they were about eight years old, and I was so happy to hear that his essayContinue reading “A Mathematician’s Lament”
Since the beginning of Stop Homework, I’ve been corresponding with John Painter, a father of two from Readington, New Jersey, who maintained an active web site for five years where he wrote a number of interesting articles on such topics as scripted learning, cheating, and homework. He has recently started a new blog called RationalContinue reading “Rational American”
Through Tracy Stevens, a former teacher whose blog is called a better education, I discovered Teacher, Revised, which is a blog “for teachers and by teachers. It is an education grab bag of classroom reflection, a compilation of news that matters to teachers, essays, interviews with the brightest minds in pedagogy, and even the occasionalContinue reading “Teacher, Revised”
Almost a year ago, I posted a link to a TED lecture by Sir Ken Robinson on how schools kill creativity. Amanda Cockshutt of New Brunswick, Canada, sent me a link to a new talk by Robinson on “How our fast food education system is killing children.” You can watch it here. And Rae Pica,Continue reading “Listen to Sir Ken Robinson”
A few months ago, I wrote about an upcoming documentary which was tentatively called Slipping Behind. The film, which looks at the fact-paced, high-stress lives of many of today’s students, is now called Race to Nowhere and you can view the trailer here. You can pre-order the film here or set up a screening. LetContinue reading “Upcoming Documentary–Race to Nowhere”
Here’s a piece I wrote for Natural Awakenings magazine titled “Easing Homework Overload.” The free magazine is in health food stores around the country. Here’s my suggestion: If you find a copy in your community, pick it up and leave it on a park bench, at the library, on the steps to the school, atContinue reading “Easing Homework Overload”
The Alliance for Childhood has just issued a new report, Crisis in the Kindergarten: Why Children Need to Play in Kindergarten. Every policy maker should be required to read it.
Almost every day I hear from parents who tell me about a silly project that required a lot of time and effort but no learning. If you ever wondered what project-based learning is really supposed to be about, here’s a really good video.
Alfie Kohn, the author of The Homework Myth, has just released a DVD, No Grades + No Homework = Better Learning, featuring two of his lectures–one on the problem with grades and the other on the problem with homework. Each lecture, geared towards parents and teachers, is about 45 minutes in length and both areContinue reading “Bring Alfie Kohn into your Living Room”
I am very excited about a soon-to-be-released short documentary, Slipping Behind, which looks at the fast-paced, high-stress lives of many of today’s students. If you live in the New York City area, there will be two free screenings of the film on March 5 and March 6. The filmmaker, Vicki Abeles, and I will facilitateContinue reading “Coming Soon to a Theater Near You…”