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Courses - Spring 2024
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Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership Department Site
Open Seats as of
03/03/2024 at 10:30 PM
TLPL288K
Reinventing Childhood: Unschooling and Other School Alternatives
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Our current factory-model schools, where students are segregated by age, spend most of their day sitting still and keeping quiet, are increasingly difficult to justify in an age of collaboration and creativity. In this course, we compare learning in schools to how children learn out of schools. Families are increasingly turning to homeschooling and unschooling to provide their children with a different sort of childhood, one where children experience far more autonomy and respect. We explore various models of alternative forms of education for children through reviewing research, readings, and videos, and by conducting in-person and zoom interviews with parents, teachers and students of each of these education approaches. We address questions such as, How can an understanding of alternative learning experiences help us reimagine schools? What new alternatives to education are people using, and what innovations might be next, as we reimagine childhood for the next generation?