Children, Learning and the "Evaluative Gaze" of School

Carol Black is one of my unschooling heroes, and this is a wonderful, thought-provoking article. Couple the 'evaluative gaze' of school with the 'evaluative gaze' of social media, and we begin to see clearly why so many of our young people, so many of us, so many of our children are struggling with our self-esteem, our wellbeing, our sense of true self. We forget who we were created to be.

Maybe this explains, too, in a way which people can understand, how reluctant we home educators are to open ourselves, our homes and our children to the judging eyes of local authorities, who may or may not have an understanding of the way learning can look outside the school walls, outside of the established system. Carol quotes, too, Alfie Kohn, whose writing I also highly recommend.

"What we should be measuring and comparing is not our children but the quality of the learning environments we provide for them," says Carol. I couldn't agree more.

You can read the full article by clicking HERE. Please do.