by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle

About a year ago, my educational philosophy crystallized. I’d been home schooling our six kids for four years. I had tried lots of approaches, but found I wasn’t a purist. I had lots of opinions, but I wasn’t an ideologue.


I could tell you why my educational philosophy revolves around four main strategies – cooperating in groups, independent motivation, technology as a tool, and creating experiences – but I’ll save that exposition for another time.


Right now, I’m going to be like Linda Richman, the fabulous old host of Saturday Night Live’s Coffee Talk and give YOU the topic to discuss: What is school for?


Here is a perspective that might influence your answer: Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin at TEDxYouth


Now, discuss amongst yourselves (and feel free to share what you come up with)!

About the Author
I'm one frizzled momma finding adventure and delight everyday...and writing about it! My chicken coop is full of six chicks, lots of friends, tons of books, and plenty of work. Stick around, I've got loads of stories to share.


  1. Deborah says:

    School=being with people not your family…mainly boys

    1. Ruth says:

      You obviously did NOT watch the TEDx clip. Take 18 minutes of your day to do that. It will start broadening your mind…hmmm, maybe that should be an important goal of school.

  2. Deborah says:

    I was JUST joking! Even though some of my best stories about Jr. High are related to boy drama; Mrs. Fagley’s English class did open my mind to Anne Frank and Lord of the Flies. These two books are still on my favorite list of books. And yes, I will try to watch the TEDx clip, since in your opinion I’m lacking in ingenuity and creativity.