Kerry McDonald

Kerry McDonald

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Kerry McDonald is a Senior Contributor for Intellectual Takeout. She has a B.A. in economics from Bowdoin College and a Master’s degree in education policy from Harvard University. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and writes about education choice, parental empowerment, homeschooling, and self-directed learning. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and at her blog, Whole Family Learning.

Recent blog posts by this author

Solitary Confinement is Quite Common In Public Schools

If parents were to lock their children in a confined space for a lengthy period of time, it is highly likely that those parents would be arrested for child abuse and their parental rights threatened. (In fact, this just happened in Arizona recently...

At Back-To-School Time, the Childhood Suicide Rate Rises

At this time of year our social media feeds light up with back-to-school photos. Tidy children in new fall clothes pose for their parents’ camera, marking an annual ritual commemorating the steady passage of childhood. But beyond those smiling...

What if School Was More Like Summer Camp?

For many children, summer camp is transformational. Working collaboratively, mostly through play and hands-on experimentation, campers try new things, encounter new challenges, and meet new mentors and friends. They are often outside, exploring the...

The Quiet Exodus From Mass Schooling

Parents are fed up. As mass schooling becomes more restrictive, more standardized and more far-reaching into a child’s young life, many parents are choosing alternatives. Increasingly, these parents are reclaiming their child’s education and are...

Elementary School to Remove ‘Conformity’ Posters Amid Uproar

In case there was any ambiguity over the idea that mass schooling values and rewards conformity and compliance, an elementary school in Florida has made it very clear. At Deer Park Elementary School in Pasco County, signs appeared this week...

Mothers Are Not Widgets

Women are only as valuable as their GDP contribution allows. This is the message emanating from a new Canadian study on the female workforce and economic growth. The report, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) working paper entitled, “Women Are...

Scholar: Many Schools Today Are ‘Indoctrination Centers’

Here in my city, parents with privilege have many choices. They can send their children to progressive private schools with no grades and no tests, Montessori or Waldorf schools that each focus on a specific value system and learning philosophy,...

Do Children Really Need ‘More Rigorous’ Pre-Schools?

My grandmother taught kindergarten. In the ‘40s, before her own baby boomer children arrived, she spent weekday mornings singing ABCs and writing 123s with neighborhood children in the living room of her small suburban home. Kindergarten back...

Why Free Play is Disappearing in our Culture

Mammals are innately playful. Our large brains and complex social structures require that we learn vast amounts of information in childhood to help us thrive in adulthood. How do mammal children learn all of this? They play. But it’s not just...

Milton Friedman Was Right to Call Them 'Government Schools'

Today is Milton Friedman’s birthday. He was the 1976 Nobel-prize winning economist who promoted free-market ideals and limited government. The Economist called him “the most influential economist of the second half of the 20th century…...

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