Archive | April, 2012

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Are you steering toward yesterday’s dreams?

You’ve been steering your ship toward your dream for ages. It’s hard work, but you’re determined to make it happen. The dream is too important to abandon; you’ve dedicated years of your life to making it come true. I applaud you for your dedication! It is hard work to make a dream come true. It […]

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dreams: a story

Written and illustrated by Kelly Wilson Once upon a time, there was a woman who lived on a boat named “Dreams.”  This beautiful boat had taken her to many different lands during her life:  School, Marriage and Children.  These were all wonderful destinations that she had visited and found happiness in, just as many others had.  […]

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The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it

What’s standing between you and your goal?

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Helicopter Parenting: What are we teaching kids?

No parent wants their child to get hurt. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare to hear the wail of their child who has fallen and hurt himself, and even worse yet if there is no wail. We go to great lengths to protect our offspring from injuring themselves, but have we gone too far? Parents are […]

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Redefining Education: My take-away

I’ve enjoyed putting together my Redefining Education series of articles and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them. It’s been an interesting journey. There have been some articles I wanted to jump up and down and shout “READ THIS!” from the rooftops and then there were others where I was stunned and dismayed that anybody could […]

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How to Use Parental Mentoring as a Solution for ‘Educational Reform’

I think there is a general consensus that our systems of education need improvement – whether it’s government, private or home school. There are multiple solutions for reaching this end of ‘educational reformation’, and each begins with more parental involvement. Although not the answer for every family, leadership education is one solution that can work […]

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Wisdom: Knowledge that has been tempered by experience

 Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? –From T.S. Elliot’s The Rock I never claimed to have studied education reform. I’m just a parent of two high school aged children who, except for one year of around-the-world “road schooling,” have been in the public […]

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Education for today’s global economy

Our youth are uneducated and unprepared to face today’s global economy. The worklife that their parents and grandparents have thrived in is no longer valid – people don’t have one job, one career anymore. They might have a plethora of jobs, and/or no career. Or, a career that twists and morphs to adapt to this […]

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Schools & Jails: What’s the difference?

In our 22 months of full time rving we have passed thousands of schools.  We’ve also passed hundreds of jails, and I’m always struck by how similar they look. Have you noticed this too? Bland concrete walls, small windows, tall chain link fences. Both institutions reek of, well… Institution! The only main difference I can […]

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‘Learning’ is the New Paradigm of Education

If we give kids  the foundation to dream, they will figure out the grammar and the history the minute it helps them to reach their goals and make a difference.  ~Seth Godin from ‘Stop Stealing Dreams’ I am an unschooling parent. There is no doubt our approach to education falls on the outside of the […]

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Thinking out loud, Outside the box

The most remarkable thing about the technique of thinking out loud is that every parent can do it every day while going about the business of life with her child(ren). Thinking out loud is yet another interesting, fun non-time-consuming way for children to learn, no complicated educational formula necessary. At the very same time you […]

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How to improve the public school experience from an unschooler’s perspective

As an unschooling parent, I often struggle with thoughts of what happens to all the other children that are still in the public school system. While we believe very strongly in the benefits of having our children at home and following an unschooling lifestyle, I know that it is simply not possible for everyone. What […]

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Is our education system built on miracle teachers?

All of my life I’ve maintained an interest in public policy and I’ve been no stranger to strong opinions.  Taxes, healthcare, energy, foreign policy.  If you want an opinion I’ve got one for you.  Yet there’s been one area of public policy that I’ve had very little interest in: education.  Until now. Lately, I find […]

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Imagine Something Better Than School

On Community learning and a world without school                 Imagine what it could be, what it should be, what is will be… Imagine a life that is not prescribed, predetermined or prearranged in any way.  This means a child will not automatically be bused away from his parents, at the tender age of four years […]

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Let’s quit arguing about what’s wrong with schools and man-up as parents

Education is a particular passion of mine. I’m the third generation of professional educators in my family, so perhaps it runs in my blood. I have four kids, aged 9-15. We’ve homeschooled them from birth. We also travel a bit. Over the past ten years I’ve worked as an educational consultant and curriculum designer within […]

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Educating kids through teacher-child partnerships

Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning by Marc Prensky details the importance of real learning in our students. As a teacher, I am always looking to share connections with my students. I want them to ask, “Who cares about this topic?” I know that brain research says it is easier to learn and you […]

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