Keynote Presentation - Dale Stephens


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  • I left school in 5th grade
  • unschooling is a type of self-directed learning
  • Unschooling is a self-directed form of homeschooling. John holt, an educator from NYC coined the term. Through the 1970s he ran a magazine called Growing Without School. It was delivered to home in a brown paper bag as though one wouldn’t want the mailman to see what you were getting in the mail.
  • worked on political campaigns
  • organized collaborative learning groups
  • helped build a library
  • went to conferences
  • the cost of education is skyrocketing -- not just in the US, but also in the UK
  • the cost of said education results in students taking on astronomical debt
  • in the US, student loan debt outpaced credit card debit
  • has topped 1 trillion dollars
  • all this has lead to speculation about an education bubble -- will it pop, just like the housing bubble? one thing to note: student loan debt is UNFORGIVEABLE in the case of bankruptcy
  • if college were preparing its grads for success 22% wouldn’t be working jobs that don’t require a degree
  • we’re having out more and more As. and no, we aren’t getting smarter.
  •   Academically Adrift found that 36% of students showed no improvement in critical thinking, complex reasoning, or writing, after four years of college and less that half of students surveyed had taken a class that required more than 20 pages of writing over the entire semester.   
  • At college, life was at parties. I recall before I left, a student asked me over dinner, “Aren’t you going to miss the beer and girls?” I responded, “Nope, I’m more interested in champagne and guys.” The idea that learning should happen at college was considered absurd. If universities stopped issuing credentials, half of my fellow students would be gone by tomorrow morning.
  • Control group classrooms were taught in traditional methods: lectures, homework, etc. The experimental classrooms has peer review groups where students helped each other. This was in grades 1 and 2. At the end of 2 years, 75% of kids in the control group were spelling correctly on average while the peer-review classrooms were spelling 87% correctly on average.
  • College students were asked to play a game of labyrinth. Reader + Dollinger 1982 All students were asked to get the ball thru the maze as quickly as possible. 1/2 the students were also asked to set a timer, effectively giving the students a deadline. After 10 mins, the experimenter returned for all students and engaged them in another task, then left them for another 8 minutes instructing them to do as the please. 50% of those without the deadline continued playing the game whereas less than 1/3 with the deadline continued.
  • Keynote Presentation - Dale Stephens

    1. 1. Ha c k in g YourEducation D a le J .S te p he ns
    2. 2. I’m Dale
    3. 3. mom
    4. 4. source: John Stephens
    5. 5. photo of parents source: John Stephens
    6. 6. unschooling AGency
    7. 7. summer hill3 million copies 1960-1973
    8. 8. picture of book like THE HOMEWORK MYTH
    9. 9. Homeschool ≠ Unschooling
    10. 10. Do we trust people’s innate capacity to be curious?
    11. 11. Unschooling > Public School
    12. 12. picture of schoolI should also make it clear that weunschoolers all at one time or another triedout elements of school.
    13. 13. Could I get into university? College admissions
    14. 14. Zinch LOGO
    15. 15. Hendrix Logo
    16. 16. Accepted MOVIE cover
    17. 17. “After a long life, and 30 years inpublic schools, I’ve concluded thatgenius is as common as dirt. Wesuppresses genius only because wehaven’t yet figured out how tomanage a population of educatedmen and women.”-John Taylor Gatto
    18. 18. W o rk i n g-class ch i ld re nle arn i n g o u tsi d e o f sch o o l—te rm e d i n th e stu d y ash o m e sch o o le rs—outpe rforme d u p p e r class-ch i ld re n i n sch o o l o n th e i rA le ve ls an d G C S E s.
    19. 19. picture of mom @ College graduation
    20. 20. picture of california schools
    21. 21. options and Dan Ariely organ donors
    22. 22. Source: US Department of Education
    23. 23. $27,000ge debt upon gradu Source: US Department of Education
    24. 24. credit card debt
    25. 25. o e rln oas n t io d lr il l
    26. 26. But there’s more!
    27. 27. Source: Chronicle of Higher Education
    28. 28. 36%showed no improvement36%
    29. 29. path
    30. 30. source: qwrrty
    31. 31. What about the beer and girls? source: Tyler Driscoll
    32. 32. I prefer guys and champagne.source: Tyler Driscoll
    33. 33. source: vgm8383
    34. 34. decentralization
    35. 35. What does school What does school provide? provide?
    36. 36. Knowledge
    37. 37. L e c tu re s fre e o n lin e
    38. 38. 18 m i n u t e t a l k s
    39. 39. V id e o s le s s o n s
    40. 40. library.nuF re e te x tb o o k s
    41. 41. Quora quora -k n o w le d g e
    42. 42. à la c a r t ete xtb o o k s
    43. 43. udacityf r e e o n lin e c ours e s
    44. 44. Community
    45. 45. f in d m e n t o r s
    46. 46. C r e a t e o n lin e c ours e s
    47. 47. c o m m u n it y le a r n in g
    48. 48. w o r ld -w id e s t u d y in g
    49. 49. s t u d y in g o n Fac ebook
    50. 50. PiazzaP ia z z a : q a n d a
    51. 51. c ours e k it -- ne w LMS
    52. 52. r e a l-w o r ld la b s
    53. 53. ne w e du bra nds
    54. 54. Signal
    55. 55. c r e a t iv ene tw o rk
    56. 56. p r o v e y o u r s e lfw it h c o d e c d o d e
    57. 57. a f f o r d a b le c ours e s
    58. 58. c o m p e t e n c y -b a s e d le a r n in g
    59. 59. b u ild y o u r ne tw o rk
    60. 60. F in d a ll t h is a n df o llo w t h e r e v o lu t io n a t:
    61. 61. Academic Ghost town
    62. 62. picture of hackademic camp
    63. 63. u n col l ege gap year
    64. 64. Thank you for liste Find out more at @dalejstephens on Twitter dale@uncollege.o
    65. 65. Learning JournalsWhat are learning journals?
    66. 66. How learning journals work:• Once per day, you review your goals for the day, week, and year.• Write down what you’re going to learn that day• The next day, check if you met those goals.• Repeat the process, and set new goals for the day
    67. 67. What are review boards?Review boards
    68. 68. How review boards work:• Once a week, students get together in groups of four to evaluate progress• Each bring their learning journal, and shares the progress they have made• This produces peer accountability. Students then discuss their goals for the week• The next week, students hold each other accountable for their goals
    69. 69. independent critical thinkers
    70. 70. Efficacy of Peer Tutoring science behind self evaluation
    71. 71. T h e le s s o n :Working with peers in c r e a s e slearning outcomes
    72. 72. Idea: Competency based classrooms Instead of making your students do all classwork, offerthem the option to take the test on day 1. If they past, let them learn more advanced material
    73. 73. Outside deadlines de c re a s e motivation and performance.
    74. 74. Self-imposed deadlines in c r e a s emotivation andperformance.