OFTP blog posts in English

For blog posts in French, see the French version of the site. They are not translations of the English posts, but rather different articles.
Pour les billets de blog en français, voir la version française du site. Ce ne sont pas des traductions, mais plutôt des articles différents.

What Must an Educated Person Know?

In an article titled The Curriculum of Necessity or What Must an Educated Person Know?, John Taylor Gatto quoted Harvard University’s list of ten qualities it suggests are essential to successfully adapting to the rapidly changing world of work: The ability to define problems without a guide. The ability to ask hard questions which challenge

Inspiration Deficit Disorder

Instead of an “attention-deficient” student, we ought to worry about an “inspiration-deficient” classroom

Teen transitions

As the web manager for the Canadian Home Based Learning Resource Page, I somehow got put on the newsletter mailing list for TeenMentalHealth.org. […] the main reason I’m blogging about this is to let you know of something else I discovered on the Teen Mental Health website: an online or downloadable booklet called Transitions. […]

“Children are people…”

“Children are people; they grow into tomorrow only as they live today.” (John Dewey)

“…try ignorance”

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” (Derek Bok)

“Imagination is more important…”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” (Albert Einstein)

“Was it time well spent?”

“The adults of today spent twenty-five hours of their young lives learning quadratic equations, with varying degrees of success. Was it time well spent?” (Philip Gammage)

“The starting point is…”

“The starting point is wonder, curiosity and the joy of discovery, which external compulsion is more likely to extinguish than ignite.” (Philip Coggin)