I’ve not been this excited since I saw my academic heroes Chomsky and Finkelstein. I picked up some A.S. Neill books in 2003 that changed my life and led to my looking at other sources on education. Later I found John’s lectures online and have listened to at least 10-20 of them several times each. I’m so glad he’s visiting and Scotland is in for a real treat. He is a great thinker and a great moral actor. He left the education system as he no longer wanted to hurt children and has since spent his time learning and teaching about the history of schooling in America (which has similar roots in Europe and Scotland). For more information see his website, wikipedia page, check out previous entries in this blog or listen to the lecture below.
Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, talks about our new wave of overprotected kids — and spells out 5 (and really, he’s got 6) dangerous things you should let your kids do. Allowing kids the freedom to explore, he says, will make them stronger and smarter and actually safer.
This talk comes from TED University 2007, a pre-conference program where TEDsters share ideas.
You learn in a useful way and you learning the whole process inside
and out. Also its entertaining and fun.
I don’t know why University is so stale. Perhaps theres too many money
men and too much bureaucracy?
This course is also worth a mention. By the end of the course the student is able to make there own amazon.com, a bold claim. Whats more the MIT professor has realeased the book/course for free over the internet. Again the kind of thing I believe Universites should be doing.
It was through a talk with the author on IT conversations that I came across it
Ayesha Siddique has turned to the social networking site Bebo to campaign in support of her brother Mohammed Atif Siddique. Atif was jailed for 8 years at Edinburgh High Court in October for “terrorism” offences connected to his use of the internet. Following media interest, the Bebo page has been made “Friends only”. Full report in today’s Scotsman. http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=1928872007.
It is halfway through mid-morning science class and there is still only one seat occupied – that of the teacher, David Riebold. “It’s my first no-show in a while,” Riebold says wistfully, looking at the test tubes he has laid out. “Ah well, there’s always lesson preparation to do.”Skipping class is no big deal at Summerhill, Britain’s most progressive school, where pupils set the rules and can miss lessons to play or pursue their own interests. Today Riebold’s class of 12- and 13-year-olds may well be out celebrating, if they’ve heard the news. For after a long battle with the government that has included threats to close the Suffolk independent boarding school, Ofsted has delivered its first endorsement in Summerhill’s 86-year history.