Seth Godin: Homeschooled (2)

There are choices that parents make all the time. They range from enlisting your kid in a team sport that’s based on compliance, instead of encouraging them to engage in an individual sport that’s based on establishing standards and then surpassing them. Or perhaps it’s about setting a standard about what gets talked about at the dinner table. What tools…

The last ten minutes…

…before you leave the house is not the time to start moving faster. Strange things happen to time in the last ten, and the minutes go twice as fast. Thrash early. Start acting with last minute urgency with twenty minutes** to go and you’ll glide out of the door gracefully, and right on time.*** *See also: Thrash Now– and this…

Learning between the lines

You can’t ever just teach one thing. Whether we like it or not there’s always other stuff going on: we’re teaching what we think of our students, whether we value other people’s time or feelings, how we think we should speak to people, how a person might be in the world… All the time – consciously or not, or both – teachers…

Learning

Here’s a theory of learning: A person**… meets something new… has some kind of interaction with it… and is changed in some way. I think these are the bare essentials. You can’t have learning with less, and everything else is detail under one of these headings.  ** Or animal, or…

What it takes: a body of work

What does it take to develop as a writer, artist, filmmaker, activist, programmer, blogger, teacher, chef, athlete, landscape gardener, leader and manager, academic? Whatever else you do, you’re going to need a body of work. My two favourite children (those would be mine – simultaneously the best and most annoying children I know) love to draw. And they’re getting better…

Deep literacy: what it takes

Put aside AI and machine learning for a minute, and ask instead: “What does it take to equip a human to be self-teaching?” As a starting point – how many lines of code does it take to make a child who can read with fluency and ease and with critical understanding, and who loves reading, and is motivated to read and…

Education for the future: which kids are ours? (2)

Which kids are yours? Which kids are “our kids”? It’s fine to start with your own or those closest to you. If those kids aren’t your kids, it’s hard to see how any others possibly can be. So ask yourself: what will it take for those kids closest to me to thrive – to have the kind of future I hope…

Education for the future: which kids are ours? (1)

The best – the only – way to prepare our kids for any future is by showing them a vision of a flourishing life, and by equipping them with the best tools we have to achieve it, and with the wisdom to use those tools well. Stu Patience / Driverlesscroc . “Our kids” can mean several things. My biological children. The children in my extended…

Leadership: say the words

Boy: “Are we going to give something to help the people in Palu*?”Me: “Good idea – how much do you want to give from your pocket money?”Boy: “Hmm…”Me: “You choose an amount, and we’ll add ten times that amount.”**Boy: Names an amount a little over one week’s allowanceMe: “Done.” And so at 6.30 this morning my eldest son went to…