The Better Get Used to It Principle

While discussing the idea of sheltering kids on the Nova Unschoolers email list, someone posted a link to this great article by Alfie Kohn. He talks about how the “Better Get Used To It” principle is used to justify the continuation of bad educational practices and that it immediately shuts down all arguments.

Well, he makes the argument much better then I can, so definitely check it out. And while you are at it, be sure to check out the rest of his site. Great stuff. Really great stuff.

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I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!
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3 Responses to The Better Get Used to It Principle

  1. Chris says:

    This is a question born of complete ignorance on the subject, so please forgive if it sounds ill-intentioned… it is not.

    Is there a Homeschool equivelant to a High School Diploma or G.E.D?

    If not, how is a home-schooled child able to certify his/her education when attempting to enter Univeristy, or apply for a job??

    Very curious… please feel free to contact me via my blog (


  2. Marjorie says:

    the GED is available to anyone who takes the exam, it is not limited to those who have been in institutional school. But there are many routes into college — once you start homeschooling, you realize that there are so many different ways of doing things (like getting into college) and that the conventional, prescribed way is but one choice.
    Almost every homeschooling book includes a chapter about getting into college.

  3. Marjorie says:

    – as to applying for a job, homeschoolers would do what anyone does, they’d write a resume. Most homeschooling books give examples of ‘transripts’ that a homeschooler can write detailing his/her studies and projects.