I'll be there. That would be most welcome.
I wish I had had more opportunities to "play" in school. I hated high school geometry except for the tesselation project we got to do. I spent all sorts of time in other classes designing many different tesselations, and I was the first one to turn in my project (it was ducks), which was totally unusual behavior for me. But, other than that one project, everything in that class was more abstract. There was a real opportunity to turn people's minds on by investigating shape, but it was just not taken advantage of.
I wonder how much of the feeling that concrete things are more juvenile is driven by the general feeling out there in the schools. And, since our business is all about getting schools to buy the books we make, we need to cater to that. In the recent past, I was training to be a high school teacher, and I decided not to do it for a variety of reasons. One of them, though, was the fact that schools that I have had experience with are there to force children to learn information. And the most efficient way to shuffle kids along isn't necessarily the best way for each child, or even most children.
Another big factor for me deciding not to teach was that I found out about the Sudbury Valley School
, and I just fell in love with the concept. I really want any kids that I have to be able to go to school in an environment like this (kids do nothing that they don't want to do, and, no, they aren't slyly coaxed into doing things, either) instead of the model of school that I am more familiar with.