Decriminalization, Transparency, Accountability.

Events in Baltimore bring attention, once again, to a serious problem in America: police brutality. I have written and spoken about this topic for more than thirty years. It's a tough topic for many people, for many reasons. We're just starting to document, to count, to reveal how serious the problem is. I hardly know… Continue reading Decriminalization, Transparency, Accountability.

Let Our Children Go!

Wow, a lot of outcry about the Free Range Kids movement! I want to thank Lenore Skenazy of Free Range Kids, and others, for raising awareness of this issue.  If you're just now hearing, the Meitiv children were kidnapped by men wearing blue suits and badges, and threatened with removal from their home, for the… Continue reading Let Our Children Go!

Wherefore Genius? Wherefore not?

Could John Taylor Gatto be right when he observed: After a long life, and thirty years in the public school trenches, I've concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We suppress our genius only because we haven't yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think,… Continue reading Wherefore Genius? Wherefore not?

Your child’s hidden superpower

Biographies of famous and innovative people - Ansel Adams, Margaret Mead, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, and the like - often show an interesting pattern. As children, these people discovered what seems like an internal superpower - a deep focus, a passionate concentration, and an aversion to the inconsequential. They were autodidacts - learning more outside… Continue reading Your child’s hidden superpower

The NAP and children

How should libertarian parents and others behave toward children? Does the NAP apply to children? Should it? The NAP (Non Aggression Principle) is foremost in some formulations of libertarianism. It is supposed to govern most or all interactions among civilized people. It might be an expected characteristic of civilized behavior: don't initiate force against others;… Continue reading The NAP and children

War and Loathing

Back in the late 60s, I was in High School, and chose to write about the Vietnam War, which was still ongoing - it ended in 1975, with the fall of Saigon. In those days, I could say I leaned heavily libertarian, by instinct, but I hadn't yet read much, nor developed it much. So… Continue reading War and Loathing

Open Source The Science

There's a move afoot to open-source academic articles, of which I wholeheartedly approve. I recall a time when one could obtain a printed article from many universities simply by asking. Professors were delighted to spread the knowledge. Today, places such as http://doaj.org/ provide open access to articles, and I hope the trend expands. But I… Continue reading Open Source The Science

The World Is Not Your Cloister

"How does a child who is home schooled learn to deal with 'real life'?" must be one of the most common questions asked of homeschoolers. Every time, I must resist a strong urge to bang my head against the desk. The question is exactly backwards. What is school, as most of us know it? An… Continue reading The World Is Not Your Cloister