I am a blogger for IDEA, and through Melia Dicker and Adam Burk, I was invited to post here at the Coop. I just thought that I should give an introduction before I begin contributions. I became aware of democratic education through an offbeat series of events (but who doesn’t find out about it that way). In a personal blog I began to explore the meaning of education. I posted a comment on a website called Stop Homework. The author of Stop Homework, Sara Bennett, put me in contact with IDEA, and here I am today.
I am not a professional educator, and am just beginning to learn about the traditional education system functions, let alone the alternatives. I really don’t know where this interest will take me, but I am excited to find out. My personal history with school is muddled and deprived, so through the process of writing I aim to figure out why cases like mine and that of my friends and peers are so common. I want to answer the question, “What is all of this schooling really about, and how can it be made into something more rewarding and helpful to all?”
I will be a guest blogger. I am most interested in getting a peak into conversations about education, reading what others are saying, asking questions, and dropping my 2¢. I would like to express my views in comments as well as posts.
[zoo-lay-kuh, if you’re wondering how to say it]