Category Archives: Education

The Myth of the Self-Made Man, or maybe better said: Thank You.

My dear sons, Caslon and Logan– Those that proclaim themelves “Self Made”, I am convinced, are either ignorant or marketers. Ignorant of the many people that help us along, push us along, often without recognition. Or marketers that are purposefully … Continue reading

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When I First Realized I was being Lied to…

When I first realized I was being lied to, systematically lied to, and by the government, I felt upset, then felt duped, and it started me thinking– how far does this lying go? It was in the beginning of college … Continue reading

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“Change the World”, “Do No Evil”, what about something else– “Amplify Good” or ?

Maybe we should question mottoes and think of new ones. Steve Jobs would often say he was “Changing the World.”   Google’s founders repeated a motto of “Do No Evil.”   Mottos may seem trite, but they form part of the … Continue reading

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If the ‘safety-net’ that went from Church to Government now goes to Non-Profits then we have work to do!

From the middle ages through the 1800’s, the “social safety net” in the west used to be offered by “the Church” (which church varied by region).    Think about schools, alms for the poor, asylums, hospitals–  many or most were administered … Continue reading

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High Stakes Testing– is Failing

Diane Ravitch’s book The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education was a thoughtful antidote to the highly touted movie Waiting for “Superman” .   A clue that that movie was a … Continue reading

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Humble Attempt at an Intellectual History in 5 Steps: Progress in How We Understand our World

First, understanding comes from place and environment: Each Sumerian city had a god…  the Greeks, more or less the same. Then, Understanding came from “the word”.    Hebrews had their Torah that had the advantage of being portable and could be … Continue reading

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Another class-size-of-1 school, but seemingly more expensive

A fellow custom-school parent, Karina, pointed out a class-size-of-1 school: Fusion Academy. It seems expensive compared to what we are spending (we are $35/hour, but we are doing the arranging and sometimes provide a room, and this school seems to … Continue reading

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Custom Schooling Workshop a Success! Video enclosed.

40 people came to the first workshop on “custom schooling“, an approach to schooling with class sizes from 1 to 4 that is surprisingly affordable, manageable, effective, and fun. Paper on the subject, that I recommend. Here are videos of … Continue reading

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Custom Schooling Workshop at the Internet Archive on Wed, Jan 11, 2012

Custom Schooling Workshop in San Francisco Everyone is welcome to the first workshop on “custom schooling“, an approach to schooling with class sizes from 1 to 4 that is surprisingly affordable, manageable, effective, and fun.    Families and teachers that are … Continue reading

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What should be the school year be for custom schoolers?

Our family has built a “custom school” around our 14 year-old child with hired teachers, and it is working out fantastically well.    He is learning more than his former classmates, according to his former teachers that have evaluated him.   He … Continue reading

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