The Techies Who Are Hacking Education by Homeschooling Their Kids | WIRED
There are some privileged silicon valley parents home schooling their children, and I think that this article misses much of the point. Public school education is not primarily about “social structures that have defined childhood” or accessing information in any particular way. Public education is about educating children together toward self-governance and citizenship, and I’m not clear how we sustain democratic practices when there are so few public institutions within which people from different backgrounds meet and learn from and with one another.
“There’s something inherently maddening about a privileged group of forward-thinkers removing their children from the social structures that have defined American childhood for more than a century under the presumption that they know better. (And if you want to see how antiauthoritarian distrust can combine malevolently with parental concern, look no further than the Disneyland measles outbreak caused by the anti-vaccine crowd.) I hear you. As a proud recipient of a great public school education, I harbor the same misgivings.”
Is Your First Grader College Ready? – NYTimes.com
Low -income first graders do “college prep” activities that a teacher made up herself–like first drawing, and then coloring the pennant of the college they want to attend — that they can’t possibly understand and have little to do with actual college life, while upper middle class kids have access to expensive coaching programs in middle school.
“Barbara Poole is a seventh-grade English teacher at Rachel Carson Middle School in Fairfax County, Va., which is one of the nation’s wealthiest suburbs and home to the perennially top-ranked Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She estimates that 60 percent of her students already know where they want to go to college.
Ms. Poole was among the first to pilot a middle-school version of Naviance, a college-prep subscription service that high schools offer their students. It’s known for its scattergrams, which reveal the acceptance history of the school’s students to specific colleges by test score and grade-point average. Ms. Poole said the software’s résumé-building feature — it allows students to input extracurricular activities, awards, volunteer work and more — has made her students “more aware” of building that extracurricular record for college.”
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