Education

TEACH YOU, PAY ME (LATER)

By now, the tagline “free until you get a job” has burrowed deep into not only the subconscious of Silicon Valley investors, but basically anyone who has Googled “how to learn programming” in the past three years. But it’s also, largely, an untested model.

A RESUMÉ BULLET POINT

What is education actually for? What is its value? These may seem like silly questions with obvious answers. But the country is in the midst of a crisis that calls the “obvious” answers into question.

LET THE KIDS DECIDE

Free schooling, or unschooling, is a way of organizing learning that is noncoercive. In free schools there are typically no set curricula; the students decide what they want to learn, and the adults act as resources. Does it work?

SCHOOLS WERE BOMBED OVER INTEGRATION

That we even use the word “busing” to describe what was in fact court-ordered school desegregation, and that Americans of all stripes believe that the brief period in which we actually tried to desegregate our schools was a failure, speaks to one of the most successful propaganda campaigns of the last half century.

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