Kerry McDonald

Kerry McDonald

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Kerry McDonald has a Master's degree in education policy from Harvard University and a B.A. in Economics from Bowdoin College. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and four never-been-schooled children. Kerry writes about education choice, parental empowerment, homeschooling, and natural learning on her blog, Whole Family Learning, and on Facebook.

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Teacher Licensure Laws Are Keeping Some of America’s Top Educators Out of Schools

My homeschooled children take weekly math classes with a gifted teacher who has been teaching math to kids for more than 30 years from her cozy city home. After receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics from the Massachusetts...

The Fidget Toy Craze: What's Really Driving It

You've likely seen the headlines lately regarding the latest fad frenzy: fidget toys. These toys, most popularly fidget spinners and fidget cubes, are simple gadgets that have taken over schools and classrooms across the country, to the...

Arizona Lawmaker Urges End to Compulsory Schooling

Most Americans agree that an educated citizenry is a priority for a thriving democracy. In fact, the first compulsory education statute was passed in Massachusetts Bay Colony not long after the Pilgrims arrived. In 1642, that first compulsory...

The Hidden Costs of Universal Preschool Programs

New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio, announced last week his plan to expand universal, taxpayer-funded, full-day preschool to all 3-year-olds regardless of family income. This initiative, dubbed "3-K for All," expands on de Blasio's...

Education Used to Happen Outside of School

Prior to passage of America's first compulsory schooling statute, in Massachusetts in 1852, it was generally accepted that education was a broad societal good and that there could be many ways to be educated: at home, through one's church, with a...

The Benefits of Delayed Schooling

If you are one of those parents who decided to delay your child's schooling, or forgo it altogether, you have plenty of company.  According to Education Week, in the years 2008-2010 fewer than half of U.S. children under age five...

Thomas Edison Would Have Been Given Adderall Today

“The trouble with our way of educating is that it does not give elasticity to the mind. It casts the brain into a mold. It insists that the child must accept. It does not encourage original thought or reasoning, and it lays more stress on memory...