Parent Book Club!
Once a month we will be gathering to discuss fabulous books or essays about education, what we can learn from them and how we can use these ideas to make our homeschooling journey as joyful as possible!
Parent Book Club is FREE for all Huck parents! Bring your coffee and come for excellent conversation & support, meet more parents and relax! Children that are not enrolled in classes will able to have supervised play on our beautiful playground.
Book Clubs are once a month on Sept 16, Oct 14, Nov 18, 9:30 - 11:00
We're starting the year off with a fabulous essay from Alfie Kohn called "What Does It Mean To Be Well Educated?"
About Alfie Kohn - education reformer:
Few writers ask us to question our fundamental assumptions about education as provocatively as Alfie Kohn. In this new collection of essays, Kohn takes on some of the most important topics in education of recent years. His central focus is on the real goals of schooling — a topic, he argues, that we systematically ignore while lavishing attention on misguided models of learning and motivation.
An excerpt from his essay:
No one should offer pronouncements about what it means to be well-educated without meeting my ex-wife. When I met her, she was at Harvard, putting the finishing touches on her doctoral dissertation in anthropology. A year later, having spent her entire life in school, she decided to do the only logical thing . . . and apply to medical school. She subsequently became a successful practicing physician. However, she will freeze up if you ask her what 8 times 7 is, because she never learned the multiplication table. And forget about grammar (“Me and him went over her house today” is fairly typical) or literature (“Who’s Faulkner?”).
So what do you make of this paradox? Is she a walking indictment of the system that let her get so far — 29 years of schooling, not counting medical residency — without acquiring the basics of English and math? Or does she offer an invitation to rethink what it means to be well-educated since what she lacks didn’t prevent her from becoming a high-functioning, multiply credentialed, professionally successful individual?