Friday, February 16, 2007

Of chainsaws and firehoses...

...and other more-than-you-need tools, that the ever-astute Deputy Headmistress mentions in her post on homeschooling, Using the Right Tools and Methods.
"I would agree that homeschooling is sometimes dreadfully inefficient in a distinctly negative fashion, but where I think this is most true is when we homeschoolers are using 'arrangements designed for other situations,' using chainsaws to butter our bread, fire hoses to water our gardens, and workbooks designed to assess the learning of 25 strangers in an institutionalized setting to teach a single second grader who could communicate what he knows just as well over a dinner conversation with his family."
The DHM also wants to know how the goals of an institutional school compare with our goals.

Let me think that one over and I'll get back to you.

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