Mordechai Levy-Eichel: “I was homeschooled for eight years: here’s what I recommend”
Fellow Mordechai Levy-Eichel has recently written an article for Aeon on his experiences being homeschooled and tactics that can help parents with homeschooling during COVID-19:
I was homeschooled for eight years, from age 11 through to college, before it was a novel way for tiger parents to show off their dynamic commitment to their children’s education. Now, if millions of parents and families are suddenly going to be homeschooling their kids for the coming weeks (and, let’s be honest, quite likely beyond), it’s worth trying to think about how to do this in a manner as smooth, healthy and wise as possible.
Learning at home is quite different from learning at school. It requires us to reorient how we think about learning in general, and how we approach the process with our children – maybe even with ourselves, too. Historically, education has been the province of parents. But the question of how kids spend their time, and learn, and grow, is one to which society as a whole should pay more substantive attention, instead of leaving it to the professional advocates and their tired debates about charter schools, unions and uniforms…
Mordechai Levy-Eichel is a lecturer in Political Science at Yale University. He primarily works in the history and philosophy of learning and education and has written and worked on early modern Atlantic, European, and British history, the history of science, technology, and mathematics, early modern Jewish history, the history of economic thought, naval history, intellectual history, and the history of political thought. His dissertation, “Into the Mathematical Ocean”: Navigation, Education, and the Expansion of Numeracy in Early Modern England and the Atlantic World, won the Elizabethan Prize for “Outstanding work on literature, arts, or culture of the Renaissance,” and examined the primary spurs to early modern mathematical learning, the growth of numeracy, and some of the consequent social, religious, and intellectual effects of this revolution in learning. Levy-Eicdhel’s most recent article, “’The moral arithmetic’: morality in the age of mathematics” was just published in the Intellectual History Review. He is also the cohost of the forthcoming podcast AntiEducation.
Levy-Eichel is a JMC fellow.
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