Category: Self-Directed Education

  • Quidditch as Self-Directed Sports Education

    My daughter, who currently goes by the name Hermione Granger, has brought Harry Potter fandom to a fever pitch in our house. While reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to her, I was struck by how foreign many of the underlying concepts of quidditch at Hogwarts felt to me. If you haven’t engaged […]

  • On Watching Our Daughter Teach Herself to Read

    One of the hardest mental hurdles in self-directed education is the idea that you don’t sit down with the purpose of teaching your kids to read– not unless they explicitly ask for it. You don’t require daily reading lessons, and you never ask the question, “Is my child reading at grade level yet?” Of course […]

  • Solving Math Problems with Math Problems

    To a man with a hammer, everything is a nail. To a math professor who sees the need for more female math students, everything is a math problem. The context of her article- there are not enough females in STEM- and the core of her argument- that this comes from an institutional lack of confidence […]