it to leap man forward as it also can become the worst time waster.School libraries should have all the current periodicals on computers and related subjects. Current articles in a sea change of tech. In my watching of people with computer skills, my research tells me that the skills are just like in Music, Science, Math, Mechanics, Physics, some people are good in some areas and not in others. The fact that the teachers have not caught on is maybe they don't have the skills. It's one thing to know all the jargon about cell phones but to be able to be self motivated to link into the real meat of Music, Science, Math, Mechanics, Physics is another matter. I have four very talented children all are un-tethered Free Agent Learners but they are in their 40s and 50s. As far as home schooling you are on your own, I can see one on one working very well in this situation as it would anything else you put your mind to. To many intellectual buzz words in education to justify nothing which includes un-tethered “Free Agent Learner.”
List the traits needed for an un-tethered “Free Agent Learner.”
Must have a high powered computer and able to maintain it.
Must have high speed line.
Must have a working environment.
Must be self motivated (nerd like).
Must know the direction of where he or she wants to be (how many kids have a clue, things change so fast).
Must have a plan to get there.
Must have a really good imagination to look for things he or she has never known.
Must have a certification or demonstrate abilities.
These are all things that come from a good family life and at least middle income.
Feel free to add to the list.
Teachers are there fill in the missing points on the list.
The thing that is missing in un-tethered Free Agent Learner is experince .
What percentage of children have the qualities on the list I am guessing a very small percent.
Julie has brought little to the table except a provocative idea, I guess we can thank her for a stimulating conversation. Keep in mind, The "Big 4" rules. Don Kaake…