I heard back from Alfie Kohn in response to my question about John Holt and homeschooling. His anwser was that he likes a lot of what Holt said, especially in his earlier works, but he wouldn’t go as far as Holt and recommend homeschooling for two reasons:
- Public schools are an important democratic institution, one worth preserving and working to support. (And improve.)
- Kids learn a lot from collective intellectual exploration and knowledge testing and construction.
Which makes sense; I can’t say either of those reasons are show-stoppers for me, but they’re both good ones nonetheless.
Fortunately, we have several years to figure all this out. (And perhaps to improve Mountain View’s post-fifth-grade programs.)
- September 21, 2009 @ 19:57:54 [Current Revision] by David Carlton
- November 8, 2005 @ 20:56:04 by David Carlton