Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pat Farenga's "Starting to Homeschool" Webinar Series Starts on Friday


"Starting to Homeschool" is a series of six Webinars for those interested in starting the journey to homeschooling, or just learning more about homeschooling. The Webinars are held using Google Hangouts on Air, and shouldn't require any special software. Each Webinar will be a half-hour presentation by Patrick Farenga, followed by a half hour of questions and answers with attendees. Each is free to attend live and to watch in recorded form for the next 24 hours.
  • Are you wondering if homeschooling can work for you?
  • Do you know that you don’t need to be a certified teacher in any state in order to help your children learn at home and in your community?
  • Are you seeking personalized, bold education options that build on your children’s strengths rather than conventional curricula?
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Patrick Farenga is a leading and unique authority on homeschooling, bringing more than 30 years of fieldwork, advocacy, and personal experience (he and his wife homeschooled their three daughters) to help parents and children learn in their own ways. Farenga is a writer and education activist who addresses academic and general audiences about working with children, not on children, to help them learn.

Farenga worked closely with one of the founders of the modern homeschooling movement, the late author and teacher John Holt, as well as with many of the key figures in homeschooling, such as Dr. Raymond Moore and Ivan Illich. Farenga continues Holt’s work and published Growing Without Schooling magazine (GWS) from 1985 until it stopped in 2001. GWS was the nation’s first periodical about learning without going to school, started by Holt in 1977.

Farenga speaks as a homeschooling expert at education conferences around the world—such as in Colombia, Ireland, France, England, Canada, and Italy—as well as on commercial radio and television talk shows in the United States (The Today Show, Good Morning America) and abroad.
Farenga writes about homeschooling, democratic education, and unschooling (John Holt’s preferred term for learning in the real world) for a number of trade and academic publications. Pat also wrote the entries about homeschooling for the International Encyclopedia of Education, 3rd Edition (Elsevier, 2010) and the online edition of Encyclopedia Britannica (2015). Pat operates the John Holt/Growing Without Schooling website, www.johnholtgws.com, and is a founding member of www.alternativestoschool.com.

Farenga’s recent publications include:
The Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling (Holt, 1998)
Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling (Perseus, 2003)
The Legacy of John Holt: A Man Who Genuinely Understood, Trusted, and Respected Children(HoltGWS, 2013)




Monday, February 23, 2015

Events Newsletter - Library Negotiations (Today) - Reinventing Education - OZeLive - Open Licensing - Google in Ed - ISTEunplugged

February 23rd - March 9th, 2015

Two Week Calendar | Learning Revolution Events | Partner Spotlight

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All events are listed in US-Eastern Time. To become an event partner and have your events listed here, please email amy@learningrevolution.com. For a full calendar of all upcoming events and conferences, click here.

Library 2.0 Webinar Series

Library 2.0 Webinar Series

Learning Revolution Events

Library 2.0 Webinar Series, February 23rd, 2015 at 12pm US Pacific / 3pm US Eastern

Richard Hulser on "Negotiations and Partnerships with Information Content and Services Providers: How to make the most out of what you have and get what you need" Higher expectations from users, limited resources, and a changing landscape of information content and services providers present challenges to today's information professionals. Whether you are an experienced professional or just starting out, learn about strategies, tips and techniques to help you get what you need with the resources you have from an experienced librarian who has also been a vendor. Free Registration

More information about the Library 2.0 Webinar Series at http://library20.com/webinar.


OZeLive 2015, February 27th - March 1st, 2015

We know that Australian Educators in our networks are keen to share their innovative ideas and projects with the world. We welcome all connected educators to join us for our second OZeLive conference.


Reinventing Education in Asheville, NC, February 27th - March 1st, 2015

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." -Alan Kay. Join us for this two-day opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues from the school, library, museum, and home learning worlds--and anyone interested in reinventing how we think about and facilitate learning. This event combines the unconference format of Steve Hargadon's Learning Revolution events with Matt Murrie's better-than-TED "What If...?360" format of short talks and action collaboration. We hope you will join us for an engaging, dialog-filled, highly-participatory retreat with lots of opportunities for deep-dive conversations. PLUS< we've just announced the first set of speakers for the day, see the link below!

  • Event Registration
  • Event Schedule
  • Speaker List - what a lineup of speakers before the unconference portion! Jeremy Boeh, Michael Gilbert, Ed. D., Liam Nilsen, Thomas Riddle, George Saltsman, Janet Stallard, Josef Vice, Susan Wells, Joy Swan, Rebecca Heiss, Ken Morrill, Carol Teitelman, and the inimitable David Loertscher!
  • Connect and share on Facebook

CUE Learning Revolution Online Summit Featuring Google for Education, May 2nd - 3rd, 2015

This virtual summit will take place on Saturday, May 2 from 9 AM to 6 PM (PST/GMT-7 ) and on Sunday, May 3 from 9 AM to 6 PM (PST/GMT-7 ). Join hundreds of educators from around the globe as we collaborate online, sharing Google related tips, tools, and strategies for improving teaching and learning. All general session presenters will be Google Certified Teachers, Google Certified Trainers, and/or Google Educators.


2015 ISTE Unplugged Events, June 26th - July 1st

Thanks to our generous friends at ISTE.org, our NINTH annual set of extra-curricular events at the ISTE conference this year will launch on the Friday before ISTE (June 26th) with an all-day open Maker Day--expect lots of table, activities, and fun for all ages, geared toward education. Saturday's all-day unconference features special guest Audrey Watters again this year, and huge shout-out to this year's unconference and evening party sponsor, StudyBlue and Shutterfly. Sunday is our fourth annual Global Education Summit, a three-hour event + connecting party you don't want to miss. The Bloggers' Cafe will be open Friday - Wednesday, and we're really hoping to add an education slam poetry event still. Stay tuned for all events at http://www.ISTEunplugged.com, which also has Facebook event links for each activity.

GIE Online Summit

GIE

Partner Spotlight

AERO

AERO is a primary networker of educational alternatives around the world. It helps people find alternatives for their children, in which to teach, and also helps people start new alternatives. It has an online bookstore, does consultations, and has an online course for school starters. It hosts an annual conference in various locations. The 12th annual Alternative Education Resource Organization conference aims each year (and succeeds!) in highlighting the education revolution with their goal to help create an education revolution to empower all students and to make learner-centered education available to everyone. The keynote speakers this year: Sugata Mitra, Deborah Meier, Zoe Weil, Yaacov Hecht, and Amy Valens. This conference is now my must-attend event each year. As always, they will have many workshops that explore and demonstrate effective programs in educational alternatives, which includes any learner-centered approach, such as home education, Montessori education, Waldorf education, democratic Education, progressive education, charter schools, magnet schools, etc. I'll be speaking on the history of education, propaganda, and power and control. You can find more information at the conference website, and download the Conference flyer here.

Interested in becoming a Learning Revolution Partner? Please fill out a Partner Application today.

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Steve
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Library 2.0 Webinar - Richard Hulser on "Negotiations and Partnerships with Information Content and Services Providers"


We're excited to announce the Library 2.0 Webinar Series, a year-round discussion about the future of libraries.

Monday, Feb. 23rd at 12pm PT / 3pm ET
(link to show other time zones)


Description: Higher expectations from users, limited resources, and a changing landscape of information content and services providers present challenges to today's information professionals. Whether you are an experienced professional or just starting out, learn about strategies, tips and techniques to help you get what you need with the resources you have from an experienced librarian who has also been a vendor.

Richard Hulser is chief librarian and curator at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He has over 35 years of experience in library and information management. He is a frequent speaker and author about technology applications in information management including content licensing and management, vendor partnerships and negotiations, and technology strategy planning. Follow @cybrarianviews, and visit http://cybrarianviews.com/.

The series is brought to you by the organizing team of the annual Library 2.0 Conference, Dr. Sandra Hirsh of the SJSU iSchool and Steve Hargadon of LearningRevolution.com. The webinars are held in Google Hangouts on Air, and are free to attend, but you do need to register for each event. Registered attendees will be sent participant instructions and a link before the webinar.



Events Newsletter - ISTE Unplugged News - Come to AERO - Online Google Summit - Reinventing Education AVL

February 16th - March 2nd, 2015

Two Week Calendar | Learning Revolution Events | Partner Spotlight

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We have some fun announcements this week. The plans for ISTEunplugged.com are getting underway, and in addition to our all-day Saturday "Hack Education" unconference/party and our Sunday Global Education day, we're going to do "Maker Day" on the Friday before ISTE. More on that below, as well as information on our newly announced second Online Summit featuring Google for Education, AERO's must-attend May conference on Long Island, and the speakers for the Asheville, NC, Reinventing Education event at the end of this month.


LearningRevolution.com

Two Week Calendar

All events are listed in US-Eastern Time. To become an event partner and have your events listed here, please email amy@learningrevolution.com. For a full calendar of all upcoming events and conferences, click here.

GIE Online Summit

GIE

Learning Revolution Events

Library 2.0 Webinar Series, February 23rd, 2015 at 12pm US Pacific / 3pm US Eastern

Richard Hulser on "Negotiations and Partnerships with Information Content and Services Providers: How to make the most out of what you have and get what you need" Higher expectations from users, limited resources, and a changing landscape of information content and services providers present challenges to today's information professionals. Whether you are an experienced professional or just starting out, learn about strategies, tips and techniques to help you get what you need with the resources you have from an experienced librarian who has also been a vendor. Free Registration

More information about the Library 2.0 Webinar Series at http://library20.com/webinar.


OZeLive 2015, February 27th - March 1st, 2015

We know that Australian Educators in our networks are keen to share their innovative ideas and projects with the world. We welcome all connected educators to join us for our second OZeLive conference.


Reinventing Education in Asheville, NC, February 27th - March 1st, 2015

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." -Alan Kay. Join us for this two-day opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues from the school, library, museum, and home learning worlds--and anyone interested in reinventing how we think about and facilitate learning. This event combines the unconference format of Steve Hargadon's Learning Revolution events with Matt Murrie's better-than-TED "What If...?360" format of short talks and action collaboration. We hope you will join us for an engaging, dialog-filled, highly-participatory retreat with lots of opportunities for deep-dive conversations. PLUS< we've just announced the first set of speakers for the day, see the link below!

  • Event Registration
  • Event Schedule
  • Speaker List - an AMAZING lineup of speakers before the unconference portion: Jeremy Boeh, Michael Gilbert, Ed. D., Liam Nilsen, Thomas Riddle, George Saltsman, Janet Stallard, Josef Vice, Susan Wells, Joy Swan, Rebecca Heiss, Ken Morrill, Carol Teitelman, and the inimitable David Loertscher!
  • Connect and share on Facebook

CUE Learning Revolution Online Summit Featuring Google for Education, May 2nd - 3rd, 2015

This virtual summit will take place on Saturday, May 2 from 9 AM to 6 PM (PST/GMT-7 ) and on Sunday, May 3 from 9 AM to 6 PM (PST/GMT-7 ). Join hundreds of educators from around the globe as we collaborate online, sharing Google related tips, tools, and strategies for improving teaching and learning. All general session presenters will be Google Certified Teachers, Google Certified Trainers, and/or Google Educators.


2015 ISTE Unplugged Events, June 26th - July 1st

Thanks to our generous friends at ISTE.org, our NINTH annual set of extra-curricular events at the ISTE conference this year will launch on the Friday before ISTE (June 26th) with an all-day open Maker Day--expect lots of table, activities, and fun for all ages, geared toward education. Saturday's all-day unconference, "Hack Education," features special guest Audrey Watters again this year, and huge shout-out to this year's unconference and evening party sponsor, StudyBlue and Shutterfly. Sunday is our fourth annual Global Education Summit, a three-hour event + connecting party you don't want to miss. The Bloggers' Cafe will be open Friday - Wednesday, and we're really hoping to add an education slam poetry event still. Stay tuned for all events at http://www.ISTEunplugged.com, which also has Facebook event links for each activity.

Starting to Homeschool Webinar Series

Starting to Homeschool
http://www.startingtohomeschool.com

Partner Announcement: NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Ed Edition

The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This 12th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The report aims to provide these leaders with more in-depth insight into how the trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership and practice. More information here.

Partner Announcement: The 2015 AERO Annual Conference, May 20 to May 24th

The 12th annual Alternative Education Resource Organization conference aims each year (and succeeds!) in highlighting the education revolution with their goal to help create an education revolution to empower all students and to make learner-centered education available to everyone. The keynote speakers this year are INCREDIBLE: Sugata Mitra, Deborah Meier, Zoe Weil, Yaacov Hecht, and Amy Valens. This conference is now my must-attend event each year. As always, they will have many workshops that explore and demonstrate effective programs in educational alternatives, which includes any learner-centered approach, such as home education, Montessori education, Waldorf education, democratic Education, progressive education, charter schools, magnet schools, etc. I'll be speaking on the history of education, propaganda, and power and control. You can find more information at the conference website, and download the Conference flyer here.

Partner Spotlight

LitWorld

LitWorld Our Mission: To empower young people to author lives of independence, hope, and joy. LitWorld is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization creating permanent positive change in the world. We implement on-the-ground innovative solutions to the hard-to-tackle challenge of illiteracy worldwide. The combined power of children’s own stories + access to diverse reading/writing experiences + peer to peer and adult mentor relationships = productive and transformational literacy. We work in close and trusting partnerships with locally based, grassroots organizations to build sustainable outcomes for young people around the world. More information at http://www.litworld.org/.

Interested in becoming a Learning Revolution Partner? Please fill out a Partner Application today.

See you online!

Steve
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Monday, February 09, 2015

Events Newsletter - Reinventing Education Speakers - New Library 2.0 Webinars - Starting to Homeschool Series

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LearningRevolution.com

Two Week Calendar

All events are listed in US-Eastern Time. To become an event partner and have your events listed here, please email amy@learningrevolution.com. For a full calendar of all upcoming events and conferences, click here.

Special Event

Reinventing Education

Learning Revolution Events

Library 2.0 Webinar Series, February 23rd, 2015 at 12pm US Pacific / 3pm US Eastern

Richard Hulser on "Negotiations and Partnerships with Information Content and Services Providers: How to make the most out of what you have and get what you need" Higher expectations from users, limited resources, and a changing landscape of information content and services providers present challenges to today's information professionals. Whether you are an experienced professional or just starting out, learn about strategies, tips and techniques to help you get what you need with the resources you have from an experienced librarian who has also been a vendor. Free Registration

More information about the Library 2.0 Webinar Series at http://library20.com/webinar.


OZeLive 2015, February 27th - March 1st, 2015

We know that Australian Educators in our networks are keen to share their innovative ideas and projects with the world. We welcome all connected educators to join us for our second OZeLive conference.


Reinventing Education in Asheville, NC, February 27th - March 1st, 2015

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." -Alan Kay. Join us for this two-day opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues from the school, library, museum, and home learning worlds--and anyone interested in reinventing how we think about and facilitate learning. This event combines the unconference format of Steve Hargadon's Learning Revolution events with Matt Murrie's better-than-TED "What If...?360" format of short talks and action collaboration. We hope you will join us for an engaging, dialog-filled, highly-participatory retreat with lots of opportunities for deep-dive conversations. PLUS< we've just announced the first set of speakers for the day, see the link below!


Starting to Homeschool Webinar Series

Starting to Homeschool
http://www.startingtohomeschool.com

Partner Announcement: ISTE's Verizon Mobile Learning Academy (VMLA)

The goal of ISTE and our partnership with the Verizon Foundation is to help educators and district leaders effectively plan for their mobile learning initiatives. With support from the Verizon Foundation, and in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, we are achieving this goal through the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy (VMLA) Program. The VMLA Program will provide a free 10-weeks online professional learning program to 100 school/district teams from across the United States. ISTE understands that planning for a mobile learning initiative is a challenging task that involves many stakeholder decisions. The VMLA engages key educational stakeholders, working together to make improvements through synergizing resources, increasing motivation, and gaining new knowledge, skills, and competences around mobile learning. Educators can learn more and school teams can apply to participate at http://www.iste.org/vmla.

Partner Announcement: AERO's 2015 Annual Conference, May 20th - 24th, 2015 in New York

We feel that this is the time for the education revolution, to empower all students, to make learner-centered education possible everywhere. This year we will again have keynotes and presentations that are connected to our mission "to help create an education revolution to make learner-centered education available to everyone." As always, we will have many workshops that explore and demonstrate effective programs in educational alternatives. This includes any learner-centered approach, such as home education, Montessori education, Waldorf education, democratic Education, progressive education, charter schools, magnet schools, etc. AERO networks all forms of learner-centered educational alternatives. The AERO conference is unlike any other conference you are likely to attend in the USA. Many attendees have described the conference as "life-changing," so you won't want to miss it! More information at http://www.educationrevolution.org/store/conference/.

Partner Spotlight

Roots & Shoots

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the youth-led community action and learning program of the Jane Goodall Institute. The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and responsibility for creating community-based solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. Through the program, young people map their community to identify specific challenges their neighborhoods face. From there, they prioritize the problems, develop a plan for a solution, and take action. More information at http://www.rootsandshoots.org/.

Interested in becoming a Learning Revolution Partner? Please fill out a Partner Application today.

Final Notes

See you online!

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Part Two of Long Interview with Me by Alisa Gross at The Acclaim Blog - Trying to Solve Problems We Fundamentally Misunderstand


This is part two of the long interview with the very generous and thoughtful Alisa Gross from The Acclaim Blog (part one is here). The full version is at http://blog.getacclaim.com/using-education-to-serve-the-individual-a-conversation-with-steve-hargadon-part-2z-of-2/.

In some ways, one of the most interesting parts of the interview was in a question that Alisa asked. She said, "Don’t you think this idea of self-motivated learning only really makes sense to the people who’ve already had the benefits of an education created by our current system of education? Do you really believe that learning and motivation can just organically happen?" My experience of talking with Alisa, and then the follow-ups afterwards, have really been authentic and I significantly have appreciated her openness to my diving into such deep and potentially controversial interpretations of the education conversation. And even Alisa questioned this idea that learning and motivation (especially motivation--wow, such a basic element of human agency) could come without external control. We're so indoctrinated in the the beliefs that we aren't capable of moving ourselves through the world, someone else has to tell us how to do it, and that starts with the need for schooling. We defend a system which brutalizes our sense of self, in a terrifying form of Educational Stockholm Syndrome. (There, just when you thought I couldn't be any more controversial! :) Hope you read on...

Some quotes from part two (read the full version here):

"Some of the democratic schools, like those influenced by Jerry Mintz, from the Alternative Education Research Organization, have had the biggest successes in low-income areas. There’s usually a presumption that you need a program to go in and solve a problem, perhaps with charter schools, or a KIPP school system. Whereas what Jerry did was create a minimal structure of school with a lot of freedom in it (a good definition of a vibrant democracy), where students themselves could make decisions about what they wanted to do.

The democratic school movement is a very healthy and interesting movement, but it doesn’t provide a lot of commercial revenue. Democratic schools don’t create funding opportunities, they don’t provide sponsorship deals, they don’t produce testing revenue. They’re not the kind of thing that a Wall Street firm would look at, or that politicians in Congress will lobby for. While these ideas might be the most brilliant solutions, they’re not going to produce the kind of growth in a capitalist system that we currently define as success."

"...the truth that I think most of us would recognize is that real learning and personal growth come from one-on-one interactions with caring people. Almost everyone has a story of someone doing or saying something that helped turn on the light-bulb of our learning. You can’t mandate that, you can’t create a system for that, you can’t test that. It’s a part of our human experience that we have to protect, and it comes from the belief that every child is important and has inherent capabilities. There is something sacred that becomes broken when we treat another person as someone we control. If we want to help the poor student, we have to think about poverty and the family, and how to truly help others. Because if we think about education as mandated school programs that are brought into places, we are a hammer looking for a nail."

"...the truth that I think most of us would recognize is that real learning and personal growth come from one-on-one interactions with caring people. Almost everyone has a story of someone doing or saying something that helped turn on the light-bulb of our learning. You can’t mandate that, you can’t create a system for that, you can’t test that. It’s a part of our human experience that we have to protect, and it comes from the belief that every child is important and has inherent capabilities. There is something sacred that becomes broken when we treat another person as someone we control. If we want to help the poor student, we have to think about poverty and the family, and how to truly help others. Because if we think about education as mandated school programs that are brought into places, we are a hammer looking for a nail.

"We’re so deeply mired in this idea that school is the solution. We then couch the questions in the form of 'What can we do in schools to make the experiences better for kids?' Let’s look instead at the alternative education models that don’t create funding opportunities, but that do a really good job with kids. How do we promote them, and how do we make them more visible, and how do we help people to understand the importance of one-to-one relationships, and the importance of a given adult in the life of a child? And it doesn’t come from a process, or a system, or a discipline structure. It comes from caring adults in the situation where they’re connecting with kids. And in some ways, that’s letting go of control–which means that sometimes things are going to happen in ways that we don’t want. But can it be any worse than it is now? Why are we hanging on to this system?

"So if we’ve got a system right now which is not working, I think it’s worth asking, is the system the problem? Is our desire to control others the problem?"

" ...I think that we can’t solve a problem that we’ve actually misunderstood.

"Learning is inherent. You don’t have to teach a kid how to learn. They learn to ride a bicycle, and they learn to walk. If we’re talking about memorizing, or reading a book when they don’t want to read a book, or doing math problems when they want to be out playing, yes, then we have to help them figure out how to learn. And more specifically, caring parents and adults recognize that “drawing out” the potential in student (going back to Socrates) is hard but very important work. But if we believe that learning is a natural, inherent part of our human experience, we don’t need to be teaching people how to learn–we do need to be helping them learn how to think. We have to be creating environments which give children opportunities and responsibilities, asking them to challenge themselves, and encouraging them to exceed their current expectations for themselves. If we believe in helping the individual gain capacity, for their own individual intellect, accomplishment, and achievement, then we should do things differently than the way they are."


Thursday, February 05, 2015

Long Interview with Me by Alisa Gross at The Acclaim Blog - Challenging Ed Reform Thinking

Alisa Gross just published the first half of a long interview I did with her for The Acclaim Blog: "Using Education to Serve the Individual." I want to think it's going to be controversial, but maybe it's not... It reflects the thinking I've been doing for the better part of a year as I have stopped my Future of Education interview series to really follow a philosophical thread that started for me when seeing the propaganda exhibit at the war memorial museum in Caen, France, near Normandy. I hope you'll read the full interview and let me know what you think.

"While much of Steve’s work focuses on edTech and education reform, classical philosophy is at the heart of his thinking. To him, the problems in modern pedagogy reflect a largely unrecognized philosophical opposition between the idea that education should build up of the capacity of the individual and the belief that it should train  the individual to meet societal goals... Steve sees the ideas of Socrates later echoed in the educational philosophies of the Transcendentalists, who thought that helping individuals become self-reliant and independent led to a higher form of community, which was at one time much more of an influence on our educational thinking than it is now.

"In contrast, much of current thinking about education in the Western world since the advent of psychology and the belief in scientific management of the mind, reflects a belief in the use of education to achieve social purposes, with individual capacity subsumed by the needs of society. For Steve, the slippery slope is that even what we think of as progressive educational ideas are still presented within the context of broader social control.  What we think of as being 'progressive' ideas differ from existing ones only in that the progressives want the power of enforced education to further the specific ideas or programs which they see as being 'right.'"

"In the late 1800’s, we started to think about the brain the same way we were thinking about other sciences. Our idea was that we could measure the brain and the brain’s activities the same way we were measuring other natural phenomena. And as a result, we moved away from philosophy and toward psychology. And what that did was produce behaviorism, or ways of thinking about interacting with other people where we seek to stimulate others in specific way, and get a certain responses back. So we moved from seeing other people as being independent agents to being things that we would stimulate and from which we would get a response."

"In their desire to make things better for students, [progressive educational thinkers are] still operating under the assumption that one group of people in society should determine what another group of people should do in order to accomplish a larger vision of society."

"...we can ask ourselves a simple question: what is the outcome of our current system of learning? Do most students leave our public education system believing they are good learners? That they are capable of being independent and self-sufficient? Or that they are good at math? How is it that our system of learning leaves most who go through it feeling that they are not good learners?"

"The bold experiments in freedom that start with the Magna Carta, that broke so substantially with historical political systems, are not reflected in how we think about education right now, I don’t believe.  How many of us know about the democratic school initiatives, or the kind of  homeschooling, freeschooling, unschooling kind of work John Holt promoted in the mid-20th century? If we really believed that we were  preparing all our students to be vibrant actors in our democratic society, wouldn’t we actually have many more real opportunities for students to practice that democratic governance and decision-making in our schools?  I hate to say it, and I’m not the first one, but the school experience for most students is more like being in prison than being in a democracy. I don’t think anyone has consciously intended this, but it’s something important to think about."

"What we may actually be teaching students through neglecting to involve them in determining their own education is how to be dependent, because that’s not a bad outcome for those that benefit from our system of dependency capitalism. In this system, manufacturers, government, and influential people depend on citizens to be compliant and dependent, buying the same things, watching the same TV shows, and not questioning things. So rather than helping citizens become independent, all of our major institutions work to create dependency. Students leave college with so much debt, the kind of debt that should be their first house debt. This means that they can’t do unique, independent things. They have to take jobs that can pay in order to manage that debt. This means that they’re not  going to push back intellectually,  and that they’re not going to think independently because they’re just trying desperately to just make loan payments."

"At core, I don’t think it is consistent with our ideas of freedom and of a generative and just society that one group of people determines what another group of people does. But this is how we currently think about schooling."