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September 18, 2010:

Solidarities of Resistance: Liberation from Education (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 9:45 PM

Reflections on education, colonization, and freedom by Mike Jo Brownlee and Carla Bergman In today's society, school is sometimes spoken about as a necessity for a happy life and as an inherent good. The concept of education is thought to be synonymous with learning, and separates those who are knowledgeable from those who are deficient. […]

September 16, 2010:

Listen to the children - where does the love of learning go? (3 Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 8:44 PM

by Ellen Galinsky Many people know by now that the United States has fallen to 11th in Newsweek's list of the best countries in the world. What is interesting is that the debate about why we are losing our "oomph as a superpower" has focused in part on U.S. education. As always when we are […]

August 25, 2010:

Lower the voting age to 10 (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by NewsBot @ 6:22 PM

By Matt Miller
August, 5, 2010

What this country needs is a movement to lower the voting age to 10. Hear me out.
Wherever you look, from debt to schools to climate to pensions, the distinctive feature of American public life today is a shocking disregard for the future. Yes, politicians...

August 5, 2010:

ADHD and School: The Problem of Assessing Normalcy in an Abnormal Environment (1 Comment)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 9:44 PM

by Peter Gray (originally published here) According to the most authoritative recent data, approximately 8% of children in the United States, aged 4 to 17, have been diagnosed as having ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).[1] The same reports note that the disorder is about three times as frequent in boys as it is in girls, […]

Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Public Schooling (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 12:22 AM

by Erica Goldson (originally published here) There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached his teacher, and asked the Master, "If I work very hard and diligently, how long will it take for me to find Zen? The Master thought about this, then replied, "Ten years . ." The student […]

August 4, 2010:

Freedom from Bullying: How a School Can Be a Moral Community (2 Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 9:34 PM

by Peter Gray (originally published here) Many years ago, as part of my early studies of the Sudbury Valley School, I sat in on a school meeting at which the main agenda item had to do with a complaint made about a new student's clothing. A new teenaged enrollee had been coming to school wearing […]

July 21, 2010:

American creativity is declining - and how to fix it (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 2:45 PM

The Creativity Crisis For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. What went wrong—and how we can fix it. Back in 1958, Ted Schwarzrock was an 8-year-old third grader when he became one of the “Torrance kids,” a group of nearly 400 Minneapolis children who completed a series of creativity tasks newly […]

July 13, 2010:

"Above all, do no harm" (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 10:08 PM

by Maureen Costello Some things that happen in school are just not right. It’s not right for a six-year old boy to be handcuffed and shackled to a chair by an armed security officer because he “acted up” in school. But that’s exactly what happened at the Sarah T. Reed Elementary School, in New Orleans, […]

May 12, 2010:

School Bullying: A Tragic Cost of Forced Schooling and Autocratic School Governance (9 Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 11:52 PM

by Peter Gray Let's say you are 15 years old, or 13, or 11, and for some reason--a reason over which you have no control--you have been singled out by your schoolmates as an object for scorn and humiliation. Every day at school, for you, is another day in hell. You are called "whore," "bitch," […]

May 9, 2010:

Structure of schools contributes to bullying (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 7:11 PM

by Laurie A. Couture I think it is a denial fantasy that the relentless verbal abuse that used to pound through the hallways of the Exeter Area Junior High in 1987 and 1988 have magically disappeared in 2010 at Cooperative Middle School. It's the same school, same hierarchical institution, same oppressive school rules, just in […]

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