JOHN TAYLOR GATTO TO VISIT SCOTLAND

August 21, 2008

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.

Scotland’s national home education support organisation Schoolhouse has announced it is to host a major conference in Arbroath, Angus, on Friday 12 September to mark International Freedom in Education Day 2008.  More on the Learning Without Limits Conference.

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5 dangerous things you should let your kids do

January 9, 2008

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.

5 dangerous things you should let your kids do


New Course: From Nand to Tetris in 12 steps

December 22, 2007

I really feel strongly that we should be academically boycotting Israel so perhaps I shouldn’t be posting this? Anyway its a great lecture so I’ll let it slide this once…

I think this is exactly what I was hoping university would be like when I first entered.

Innovative, create, dynamic, useful, involved, challenging.

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

Software Engineering for Internet Applications


The Story of Stuff – Consumerism and Sustainability

December 8, 2007

This is an excellent video on materialism, consumerism, capitalism and sustainability. Its a really stylish and fun lecture, I really advise everyone to watch it. [Thanks Rick]

http://www.storyofstuff.com/

After watching it, try watching this Chomsky clip. According to the New York Times Chomsky is “arguably the most important intellectual alive.”

More Chomsky – www.chomsky.info

The clip is taken from this film


Democratic Schooling: What if everything you think about education is wrong?

November 12, 2007

Voices from the New American Schoolhouse (trailer)


The size of the Universe

October 27, 2007

Great video, view from an atom to everything.

 Powers of Ten: The Relative Size of Things in the Universe


The Shock Doctrine by Alfonso Cuarón and Naomi Klein

October 7, 2007

“Changing people: Shocking them into obedience”