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