I don't like Rousseau.
He completely made crap up, wrote it down in his book Emile, and people fawn over him/it and proclaim what a brilliant thinker he was. Maybe, but this is a guy who left his own kids at an orphanage and was a total failure the only time he ever tried being a personal tutor. I'm not much interested in what he has to say about children, their development, or their education.
This post at Joanne's site reminded me of Rousseau:
The classroom is outdoors at The Alaska Forest School, reports Erin Kirkland in the Alaska Dispatch News.I'm not saying that this Forest School idea is bad, I think that kids should spend more time outdoors--especially young children. Rousseau carried it to an extreme, though.
Lia Keller asked preschoolers if they could “find the tunnel from last time” and they led the way to a downed cottonwood, where they could play “foxes and bears” in a pit under the root ball...
The forest school idea started in Europe, but has spread around the world. It seems like a perfect fit for Alaska, says Beka Land, whose daughters are five and three. “The natural consequences of exploring the outdoors and talking through choices is so valuable,” Land said. “As a family, we like the idea of an outdoors-centered program that lets kids pick their own path.”