When I started homeschooling, I used workbooks. I got my kids through a whole grade level in about two months. But I found myself forcing my kids to learn stuff they were not interested in learning. The constant arguing killed me, and the lack of excitement over learning seemed like the opposite of what we were aiming to do.
At this point, I see the idea of forcing kids to learn set curriculum as something left over from another era, when the world of information was small enough to be broken into topics. And I see limiting screen time as stupefying, when sitting at a desk listening to a teacher answer another kid’s question about material you already know is much less engaging than sitting at a desk playing a video game.
Somehow, through all this, I became the spokesperson for parents who let their kids play video games all day. So I find myself doing interviews with reporters each week. Here are two interviews I’ve done recently. The first one is in a mainstream newspaper in the UK and the second interview is at one of the largest gaming sites. The most interesting thing to me about the articles is how it shows the ways other people understand the idea of letting kids choose what they want to learn.
School of Hard Blocks: Educating Kids Through Gaming, by David Owen