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Kitchen Science

Kitchen Science (and Other Ways to Close the Science Gap)

There are few things more daunting than dissecting a frog on the kitchen table—except physics. Should Science be left to the professionals? The answer, patently, should be no. The first scientists weren’t professionals; they were often hobbyists and magicians (hence “electrician”). High school laboratories are less well-stocked than you think. Nonetheless, multiple studies have indicated homeschoolers’ tendency to be less engaged in math and science. How do we fix that? This article is two parts: Everyday Science, covering components of science and creating a solid science base, and High School, covering duel-enrollment and AP’s. Everyday Science There are at least three parts of Science: science as a Process, science as a Language, and Facts found via the scientific process. For example, the process of dropping different weights off of a building to measure momentum, measuring it via stopwatch or pressure gauge, recording it, and repeating everything is an example of the scientific process; you can use this to answer any question. The measure of momentum, the concepts of velocity and mass, their symbols, and how …



“If you wanted to create an education environment that was directly opposed to what the brain was good at doing, you probably would create something like a classroom…” —Dr. John Medina, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School Unschooling—What is it? Unschooling is actively learning from life. You’re unschooling right now. (Yes, you, graduated, college-educated adult.) Today, lots of educators focus upon assignments or curriculum. Reading the classics or memorizing the periodic table. That was not my school. Instead, I homeschooled—or, more accurately, “Unschooled.” Why not learn because you’re curious? Why Unschooling? Unschooling was coined in the 1970’s by educator John Holt. After decades of teaching, Holt figured that the classroom model was completely counterproductive, creating a group of students where half were bored, half were left behind, and none invested in learning. The model of traditional school leaves any students’ innate curiosity unfed. School, he wrote in How Children Fail, could not service diverse students’ interests, needs, competencies, and learning styles. Furthermore, he wrote, it exacerbated students’ mental …