Learning Not Schooling: Reimagining the Purpose of Education

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R&L Education, Mar 16, 2009 - Education - 138 pages
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Learning Not Schooling: Reimagining the Purpose of Education examines how both the curiosity and the initiative of students in their formative years can be stimulated by partnering local schools with the world of adult work and professional expertise. This tactic addresses some of the issues that seem to continually plague us, such as how to help students learn more effectively in the modern age, or how to more fully address some of the perpetual inequities between different socioeconomic groupings. Drawing on his experiences from founding and directing a private school for students age six to fourteen, Lyn Lesch presents a new model for education in which learning for students increasingly occurs in the world of adult expertise, with classroom teachers taking on the role of conduits that not only prepare students to learn from professionals working in various fields but also assist them in absorbing the advanced information and knowledge they will be acquiring.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Learning and Schooling
1
Chapter 2 Grades Tests and Initiative
9
Chapter 3 Subject Matter and Curiosity
23
Chapter 4 The Proper Environment
37
Chapter 5 The Flow of Experience
47
Chapter 6 Educators and Experts
57
Chapter 7 The Process of Deschooling
69
Chapter 8 A New Opportunity
81
Chapter 9 Homeschooling and Online Learning
91
Chapter 10 Toward a Deschooled Society
107
Chapter 11 A New Student
117
Bibliography
123
About the Author
125
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Lyn Lesch, a classroom teacher for twenty-four years, founded The Children's School, an alternative school for children six to fourteen years of age in Illinois, in 1991. He directed the school until 2003. The school received widespread attention in the Chicago media as a unique approach to education.

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