February 16, 2019

I never considered myself to be an unschooler, but I really am one. I started "homeschooling" when my oldest turned 3. That was 1992. Now my youngest is 17 and my years as a homeschool mom are winding down, giving me cause to reflect on the adventures I've been on with...

October 9, 2018

Many people say that our education system is flawed. What drives me nuts is when people suggest that the solution to the problem is MORE of the same stuff – longer school hours, skipping recess, more tests, etc. Isn't this the definition of insanity – doing the same th...

May 26, 2018

As classes are over for this school year and we're all ready to dive into summer, we won't be sending out the weekly fireworks. That doesn't mean learning isn't happening.

I am a big proponent of what I call REC Time. Let me tell you what REC Time means to me.

First off,...

May 22, 2018

Have you ever tried wearing a shirt that claimed to be “One size fits all”? How did it fit? Certainly not as well as a shirt your size. Further, if you've ever been fortunate enough to wear a shirt that was made just for you, how would that compare? Obviously, there's...

May 12, 2018

Which is more important: art or science?

Too often, children are discouraged from aiming to become professional dancers, artists, or musicians.

But why?

Parents feel they are being realistic by pointing out to their children that it's hard to make a living in the arts and...

May 8, 2018

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original.” This is just one of many nuggets from Sir Ken Robinson’s marvelous presentation on education and creativity at TED 2006. Here's another nice moment: “We don’t grow in to creativity, we...