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X63: How Children Learn with Patrick Farenga

By November 19, 2021February 3rd, 2023No Comments

I am not a big fan of the public school system, even though I did well in school.

Because after all my hard work, I feel like school was one big broken promise.

And the sad part is, if a child fails a subject, they’re not just getting a bad grade in math, they’re risking their future because “they won’t get into a good college therefore they won’t get a good job.”

Or they’re risking their social circle because they might get held back a grade until they pass, or they’re risking parents’ disappointment, or humiliation from peers, or any of the other number of things adults scare them with.

Aside from all that fear, I think the worst part is the real risk that they build a self belief that they’re stupid.

But what if the problem isn’t the child? What if the problem is the school system?

And what if homeschooling doesn’t have to look like we think it does?

What might schooling look like if it were based on the actual science of how children learn?

That’s what we’re talking about today.

Our guest is Patrick Farenga, who has more than 40 years’ experience of fieldwork, advocacy, and personal experience helping parents and children learn outside of school. He also worked closely with a founder of the modern homeschooling movement.

We Will Learn

  • How to reverse engineer learning by looking at the whole
  • How to help children deal with mistakes in a way that won’t make them shut down
  • How to use fantasy to engage children


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