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March 29, 2011 AT 3:25 pm

“The Promise of DIY Schools”

Interesting read – “The Promise of DIY Schools”

…imagine if such DIY ethic was brought into reforming American public education? We’re not necessarily talking about the so-called unschooling movement (which consists of very few kids and their parents), or the more-mainstream homeschooling. This would go beyond that. The idea would be that teachers, parents or others committed to reforming American public education would simply start their own schools, either in their own homes, in storefronts or even in the basements of churches. While the schools would still be subjected to standards and accountability — including testing — to ensure that every child is getting high-quality instruction and curriculum, they would be able to create cultures of genius with little bureaucracy in the way.

We know a lot of talented makers that were home schooled and/or are home schooling their kids now.


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4 Comments

  1. They will face a steep uphill climb. The educational-judicial complex will throw up roadblocks whenever possible. The problem is that these DIY schools will focus too much on educating students, which is not the current goal.

  2. I don’t think any solution will work until the mandate is removed. As long as school is compulsory, there will be a large percentage of students who do poorly because they simply have no desire to be there. Many of them could be better served by learning a trade, even if that meant getting some type of work at a young age (oh, the horror!).

  3. Well, I lived a long time in Utah and from that limited experience the outcome of homeschooling was creationism.

  4. As Phelps just said; It will indeed be a tough road, but I do believe that it is the way forward.

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