Peter Gray, on the tendency to study children only in the context of school:
If we want to understand human potential, and not just how people adapt to schools and school-like environments, then we must widen our scope of research to include research on children in a wide variety of settings and research using a wide variety of methods.
And Carol Black, same:
Collecting data on human learning based on children’s behavior in school is like collecting data on killer whales based on their behavior at Sea World.
It’s tricky because the culture of schooling lives outside of school, too. This is one of the puzzles I struggle with the most – how to imagine and render embraceable something that we can’t study, though of course anything that requires imagination can’t be studied because it hasn’t happened yet…