Random Monday – Belated

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I know it’s not Monday, but work with me here.

• Firstly, after homeschooling for two years even though Big is under the compulsory education age, I filed my very first Notice of Intent with the school district. I am a little nervous, since now The Man knows who I am. After waiting in line at the post office for 20 minutes, I paid almost $6 to get a signature confirmation card thingy. SIX DOLLARS. Jeez.

• Secondly, I have a friend on Facebook who has changed her FB name for some reason and the new name she chose is a combination of her grandmother’s names. To which I said: BORING. I mean if you are going to be all dramatic and change your name because you are a fancy doctor now and don’t want your patients stalking you, then at least be a little more creative. Here are some names I suggested:

Plenty O’Toole, Honey Ryder, and Tatiana Goodnight – all ripped off from Bond Girls. Excellent names nevertheless, doncha think?

Alternatively, Audacious Smack, Eel Skin Sophie or Three Legs Gabby.

Three Legs Gabby is my favorite. That just plain rocks.

I don’t know why I can’t make a living naming stuff. I am so awesome at it. Anyone pregnant?

• Thirdly, I shall attempt to bring the level of this conversation up with an interesting article on the Scientific American blog – The Educational Value of Creative Disobedience.

The article is a bit dry, but there are some thought provoking ideas about how school and directed learning damage creativity. There is more in this Slate article by a researcher – Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School. I found myself agreeing with most of what the researchers conclude. However, I also wonder what the point of this sort of research is, since the public school system in the United States is an unyielding juggernaut, (to my view) incapable of change and frankly not that interested in children as individuals, but rather as parts on an assembly line.

I mean, certainly we can all see the value in discovering the answers for ourselves as opposed to merely memorizing and regurgitating information, but I don’t understand how our current public school paradigm can even begin to foster creative thinking when you’ve got one guy at the front of the classroom trying to wrangle 30 or 40 kids with the hot breath of standardized tests on his neck.

And that is sad, because we have all these great researchers and all these great ideas for fostering learning and creativity and nowhere to implement them.

Well, us smug homeschoolers can. But for some reason, educational researchers don’t notice us.