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The Factory Model Educational System Needs to be Reinvented

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We recently came across a blog post by a gentleman called Charles Hugh-Smith which struck some interesting chords with how we view home education.

The full view of his post can be found at: http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com.au

He is talking about the US education system, but his comments apply equally well to Australia and most western nations.

One interesting quote from his article is this:

"Our 'factory model' funnels hundreds or thousands of students into set courses within large mechanistic plants, regardless of their individual attributes, strengths and weaknesses. Like an assembly line of manufactured items, some students are "rejects" who couldn't make the "quality control" grade, and they're thrown on the scrap pile."

Does this 'ring any bells' with your experience of the school system?

  • requiring all students to do the same thing, regardless of 'individual attributes, strengths and weaknesses'
  • acting like an 'assembly line' ... same course for all, same achievements expected 
  • anyone that can't 'make the grade' is treated as a 'reject' and 'thrown on the scrap pile' 

Some time ago, we added 'embellishments' to a graph which showed 'success' rates through the senior secondary years in WA:


Does this feel like your perception of the 'good ship SS Education'?
The figures are now outdated, and they have changed the 'words' (to hide the truth??) but nothing much else has changed ... in fact the supposedly 'modern' Australian National Curriculum is framed and expressed like this.
(See our discussion of this in the FAQ's section of our Homelearn web site: What does the Australian Curriculum say about diverse learning needs)

We at HomeLearn strongly believe that 'good' education needs to be different! Education is about people ... real, individual children ... with their own 'individual attributes, strengths and weaknesses' ... and home schooling seems to be about the only way to stay off the 'assembly line' and avoid the 'scrap pile'!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:07

NSW homeschooling inquiry erased evidence of success

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In December last year (2014) there was a government Inquiry into Homeschooling in NSW.

A discussion and analysis of this can be found on 'The Conversation' web site at: https://theconversation.com/evidence-of-home-schooling-success-erased-from-inquiry-report-35087

According to their discussion, the Inquiry report is "as interesting for what it omits as for what it includes."

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015 14:01

Why would you want to homeschool?

This is the big question that those on the ‘outside’ ask, and are often surprised when they find out.

One journalist investigated and wrote an article in the ‘West Australian’ newspaper a couple of years ago, and seemed very surprised at the results. They had expected it was mostly ‘country’ people who didn’t have ‘good’ schools nearby, but were very surprised to find that the majority were from city and suburban areas, and the biggest reason ?? ... bullying in schools.

Another recent article found on an ABC news site says much the same ...


How to get started with homeschooling in Australia

For those wanting to get started in homeschooling, here is a basic first guide –

1. First you need to register for home schooling with the Education Department in your state.

2. After you have ‘registered’, the next step is to show that you have a valid program.

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