Posted by: crudbasher | June 19, 2013

Comparing Education To Bike Riding

I recently came across a blog from Issac M. Moorhouse. He and I share a lot of values I think as we both have a healthy belief in common sense and freedom.

A recent post entitled Education and Bike Riding is typical of his writing and thinking. Here’s an excerpt.

If education is meant to play a similar role – a partially simulated reality to prepare students for the “real world” – it seems a highly successful education would have two features we almost never see:

1 – It would be incredibly short

2 – It would be very hard to tell when it ended

If the goal is to prepare for life – i.e. to make education unnecessary – the faster the simulation can transition into the real, the better. And if living well is the aim, it would seem odd to spend a lot of time learning how in a simulated world and then abruptly be sent out into the real world without dabbling in it with increasing frequency until it began to replace education.

This of course is similar to my thinking over the years. Check out the whole post, it’s really good stuff.

 

 

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  1. My sons (who are 16 and 19 now) were homeshooled since they were born. In order to provide them with real-world skills as soon as possible, my wife and I built a 32 foot by 48 foot workshop and filled it with drill presses, mills, lathes, power saws, welders, jacks, cranes, and all kinds of hand tools. I had them pulling engines and transmissions from cars starting at around age 7, and by their early teens they were rebuilding motorcycle engines and transmissions. Nobody told them they were too young to be doing these kinds of things, and therefore they thought it was normal.

    When it came time to learn how computers work, they studied the following “Professor and Pat 6502 Assembly Language” book that I wrote (it is at the bottom of the page):

    http://www.mathpiper.org/documentation-1

    Then they assembled 6502 kit computers so they could learn about CPUs, RAM, ROM, address buses, data buses, and the other physical parts of a typical computer. They also learned how to solder, use multimeters, oscilloscopes, etc.

    These are just some examples of the kind of environment that I think needs to be made available to children if the goal is to provide them with real-world skills at an early age.

    Ted Kosan

    • That’s completely awesome Ted! I remember reading that Steve Job’s father created a workbench for Steve next to his own in the garage and let him build things. You did your kids a great service by letting them explore like you did. Bravo!

      These early formative hands on experiences I feel are crucial in developing creativity and also a good work ethic. My son is almost 5 months and I can’t wait to get him hands on with all sorts of real world experiences.

      Thanks so much for commenting!!


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