A friend of mine, Renee, photographer extraordinaire (go look, I'll wait!) recently talked to me about my Unschooling post and told me about an NPR program she listens to called "Speaking of Faith". I went to check it out after she told me there was a neuroscientist who was interviewed that I might find interesting and boy, oh boy was it!
Krista Tippett, the interviewer for NPR, was talking to Adele Diamond, who is also a professor at University of British Columbia, Vancouver talking about current scientific research regarding education of children. What we're doing in the US is not working as far as attention span, retention, and even mindfulness. Diamond has found that experiential learning, such as suggested in my Unschooling post, develops those ideas mentioned above.
If you didn't buy it or understand what unschooling is from my post, please Please PLEASE listen to this 50 minute segment on NPR. You can go to itunes to listen for free.
Search for APM: Speaking of the Faith with Krista Tippett. This podcast aired on November 19th and it is titled, "Learning, Being, Doing: A New Science of Education".