always been on the fence about this. When I was around 12-14 ish I read a book about a school called Summerhill in 1920s England that’s still around today. I also ate up books by John Holt (How children learn, how children fail, escape from childhood are three I remember) that were at my public library. “Another Brick in the Wall” was my theme song. I got out of public for high school into a private school via full scholarship that was K-12, tiny, graduated with 12 classmates. Older now but not necessarily any wiser, I accept that things-still-are-how-they-are and the stagnation of American public schools to never change (they really don’t – you’d think they do but they hardly change much at all outside of window dressing and the occasional radical art teacher or something, who you expect to be radical – or first year teacher who wants to change it all and fails to) – I question the need for basic literacy _as it’s taught_ because the model (Blooms Taxonomy) is really all wrongs and upside-down imo which is WHY it’s an uphill battle generation-after-generation; wrong model means difficult schooling. yet, any alternatives that COULD scale (classical christian academics franchised by hillsdale) to match the scope of public schools, have their own set of issues that I think are incompatible so I dunno how to answer this.

always been on the fence about this.
When I was around 12-14 ish I read a book about a school called Summerhill in 1920s England that’s still around today.
I also ate up books by John Holt (How children learn, how children fail, escape from childhood are three I remember) that were at my public library.
“Another Brick in the Wall” was my theme song. I got out of public for high school into a private school via full scholarship that was K-12, tiny, graduated with 12 classmates.
Older now but not necessarily any wiser, I accept that things-still-are-how-they-are and the stagnation of American public schools to never change (they really don’t – you’d think they do but they hardly change much at all outside of window dressing and the occasional radical art teacher or something, who you expect to be radical – or first year teacher who wants to change it all and fails to) –
I question the need for basic literacy _as it’s taught_ because the model (Blooms Taxonomy) is really all wrongs and upside-down imo which is WHY it’s an uphill battle generation-after-generation; wrong model means difficult schooling.
yet, any alternatives that COULD scale (classical christian academics franchised by hillsdale) to match the scope of public schools, have their own set of issues that I think are incompatible so I dunno how to answer this.

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