All of these are, of course, collective acts; we do them with other people, and many people have done them over many years. Not long ago I talked with a woman who had played the piano quite well when young, but stopped for about thirty years, and only recently started to play seriously again. Few automobile drivers are careful of cyclists and give them a little room; many treat them as if they had no right to be on the road, and some even deliberately try to run them off the road. Let me insist here that reading better is not going to make most poor kids rich, or even richer. One can learn Spanish by walking the streets of Cuernavaca or some other town talking to people. Who would do the work? The experience of tens of thousands of dancers has shown that the student cannot make certain movements safely and well unless he can make other movements first.
In that case, this book might be considered as a warning to any people or society which takes human freedom and dignity seriously- and values them highly. Often that is not enough. Power against Truth This distinction between T-eachers and t-eachers is important for many reasons. I may now and then read to find out something, but whether I learn, i. . We borrowed or bought some cheap rackets and some balls, went out on the court, and began to try to hit the ball back and forth from the back of the court. Behind the act there is a purpose; whether at two or ninety-two, we talk because we have something we want to say, and someone we want to say it to, and because we think or hope our words will make a difference.
In fact, my open-ended problem in my vision for education in the future is 'the public school system is broken' and my proposed solution is to bridge public school and homeschooling via the great new technology that is available, and charter schools. Along with this, what we can do and should do right now is attack the legitimacy of compulsory education and schooling. By three hours later, when we arrived at school, he was able to match any note I sang, and starting with that note, to sing the first four notes of the diatonic scale—do-re-mi-fa. Whatever we do in these fields is added to, and therefore part of, what others did before. The language school does not tell people that they must learn Spanish, nor offer prizes for learning Spanish or penalties for not learning it. Here the natural authority of the teacher is important. Holt can help with this, a lot.
Hard to put ourselves inside the skin of the clumsy learner. Not all fields need to be full-sized, or to be lined and have goals; soccer players, like touch-football and softball players, are used to playing in odd-shaped spaces and marking their own lines and goals with shirts and the like. Yet children are still individuals, even more so now in this individualised, modern world. There is very little else for them to do. Of these, one I know well is the Beacon Hill Free School, in my own neighborhood in Boston.
Every day they memorize a large list of words and sentences. Methods of T-eaching reading have been made not out of the experience of good readers, but out of theory— like the pet theory of a tennis coach who years ago told me to approach every ball as if doing a waltz, and as I did so to hum a little waltz tune to myself. Or at least, I think that an hour or so a day of that, more on the weekends, is plenty, and that going to school is fine the rest of the time. As I write, the Post Office in Boston is announcing a sale of its old trucks; many of these would be ideal for mini-libraries. In doing so, he tackles many medium-sized and smaller questions--What do schools really teach? She called the bus The Bookworm, and down both sides of the bus painted a large green worm, whose eye was the bus headlight. There are hundreds of ways to learn Spanish, or help others to learn it. Hence they have no voice with which to speak to each other or the world outside.
Another example, in some ways less physical, is language— though language is probably the most difficult muscular coordination that most people ever learn. Yet they could not go there. His original thinking and clear, thoughtful writing has emboldened countless parents to take the education of their children into their own hands. They are not at all the same thing as saying to someone that just to be allowed to live in the world at all he must be able to show that he knows this or that. He gives feedback, makes the student see and feel what in fact he did.
It might show once again that our most rapid, efficient, far-reaching, useful, and permanent learning comes from our doing things that we ourselves have decided to do, and that in doing such things we often need very little help or none at all. A student who misses even one or two must persuade the director to allow him to continue in the school. A few of the chapters were a little dry, but I think that had to do with the subject matter more than his commentary or writing style. The school is very demanding, intensive, formal, and tightly organized. Nor does the school say that people can learn Spanish only in a school, or only in their school, or better in their school than in any other. The February 1973 progress report of The Exchange tells us some other things that happened, including the following: A Chinese woman is improving her English and learning business economics through The Learning Exchange.
But even the most pleasant or interesting classes in a S-chool are part of a system of compulsion and coercion, bribe and threat, and therefore anyone leading such classes is a T-eacher, just as I was during the fourteen or fifteen years I worked in S-chools. Why not expand libraries into places where these things are kept and used? We could surely have many more like this than we do. For the most part, Rasmus says very little. In some areas they may worry about their safety. They need not always be deep, elaborate, or expensive. The mountain was then mine, and having other students to teach, he left me alone to master it myself. The information is very rich: breaking of muscle restrictions; cultivation of attentiveness; the simultaneous-and-independent movement of diverse limbs i.
Some will ask, what will all this cost? Perhaps within a generation or so most people will indeed understand, and decide they want no more of it. Clearly he thinks that adults should have more ability to supervise their children, that it's The father of homeschooling and unschooling, Holt argues that people are natural learners and explorers, and that formal S-chooling kills that process through overemphasis on testing and credentials. If he can attract and hold students, that is enough. It does not test, grade, rank, or keep files on us. So, I had been to conventions and heard a lot about him being the father of the homeschool movement. I urged them not to do this.
After a while he could match any note I sang. The baby who begins to talk, long before he makes any sounds that we hear as words, or even understands words, has learned from sharp observation that the sounds that bigger people make with their mouths affect the other things they do. I'm not sure where to start about how short-sighted, bigoted, and damaging this book is. He describes actual non-compulsory schools, learning centres, and informal learning arrangements in action. We could extend even further than Murray Bob the list of what a library keeps and lends, and the things which it does, or helps people to do. Paddle tennis courts take up little space and can be used in any season and any weather.