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February 25, 2011

February 25, 2011

Filed under: Books — Administrator @ 7:00 pm

Unschooling Rules: 55 Ways to Unlearn What We Know about Schools and Rediscover Education by Clark Aldrich

A pleasant brief read, this thought-provoking book provides fifty-five rules for unschooling. It will be of especial interest to those interested in the home schooling of children.

Product Description

While most schools continue to resist change, homeschooling families have abandoned the K-12 system and identified new, powerful, commonsense methods and goals for childhood education.

Education expert Clark Aldrich has explored the practices of homeschoolers and unschoolers (those who eschew the structure or curricula of schools) and distilled a list of 55 ”rules,” like the following, that are changing both the way children are taught and our vision for schools.

* Learn to be; learn to do; learn to know.
* Tests don’t work. Get over it. Move on.
* What a person learns in a classroom is how to be a person in a classroom.

* Animals are better than books about animals.
* Internships, apprenticeships, and interesting jobs beat term papers, textbooks, and tests.
* The only sustainable answer to the global education challenge is a diversity of approaches.

This accessible book provides you with a path forward, whether you’re a parent or teacher, a school administrator, or a national policy decision maker.

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About the Author

Clark Aldrich is a global education thought leader, labeled a guru by Fortune Magazine. He works with corporate, military, government, and academic organizations at both the board level and as a hands-on implementer. His projects have been patent winning and earned millions globally. He is the author of four earlier books and scores of articles; is the recipient of numerous industry awards; created dozens of educational simulations (including the most popular leadership simulation in the world); was the founder of Gartner’s eLearning coverage; and has a degree in Cognitive Science from Brown University. His work has been featured in hundreds of sources, including CBS, ABC, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR, CNET, Business 2.0, BusinessWeek, and U.S. News and World Reports.

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February 18, 2011

Faith, a book by Sharon Salzberg

Filed under: Books — Administrator @ 1:13 pm

I have read about a third of the book Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience by Sharon Salzberg. The author is described on the back cover as “a renowned meditation instructor who has been practicing and studying Buddhism for more than thirty years.” I would not normally write about a book before finishing it, but I suspect I may never finish this book even though it is not very long, 176 pages. The book is somewhat rambling, without any clear focus, at times autobiographical. The author’s main idea seems to be that meditation can make one’s life less uncomfortable. The idea may well be true, but the book does not present the idea or make the case for it in a way that I find interesting. To equate such an idea with “faith” somehow seems like a trivialization of the concept of faith.

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