[Wednesday 24th January 2018]
Two terms that confuse or seem interchangeable for many people are the terms 'homeschooling' and 'distance education'. This blog post will attempt to help you understand the difference between these.
I'll start by confusing you even further - these two terms are actually misleadingingly the wrong way round - 'distance education' IS 'school' and 'homeschooling' is NOT 'school'!
What do I mean by that?
Well, 'school' is where you send your kids so that a 'teacher' will tell the students what to do and get them to learn ... that is what happens in brick-and-mortar schools. You, as parent, give your kids away to some 'expert' (called a 'teacher') who does the magic stuff called 'teaching' ... magic that is deemed (and seems) so magical and distant that normal untrained mortals can't possibly do it.
With 'distance education' the same thing happens, but your kids stay home ... the 'teachers' direct them from a 'distance' .... tell them what to learn, mark their work, and all that kind of normal 'school' stuff. It is still 'school' - but at home! (... but it is NOT 'homeschooling'. Confusing, eh?)
[Wednesday 20th December 2017]
We have stumbled upon an article that echos all that we have understood about the problems with the school system, and the great advantages of homeschooling.
The full text of this article can be found at: http://www.naturalchild.org/guest/john_gatto.html
This article was written by John Taylor Gatto as his acceptance speech for 'Teacher of the Year' ... he had seen what it is really like 'on the inside', and he totally "tells it like it is" about the problems of the 'system'!
(By the way, the developers of HomeLearn are also experienced educators who have seen and experienced what it is really like 'on the inside', which is why we totally agree with John Taylor Gatto and his speech.)
Here is an interesting quote from this article:
"I've noticed a fascinating phenomenon in my twenty-five years of teaching - that schools and schooling are increasingly irrelevant to the great enterprises of the planet. No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes. The truth is that schools don't really teach anything except how to obey orders. This is a great mystery to me because thousands of humane, caring people work in schools as teachers and aides and administrators but the abstract logic of the institution overwhelms their individual contributions. Although teachers do care and do work very hard, the institution is psychopathic - it has no conscience. It rings a bell and the young man in the middle of writing a poem must close his notebook and move to different cell where he must memorize that man and monkeys derive from a common ancestor."
[Thursday 19th October 2017]
We found this picture of how 'school' works:
Is this what you want for your child? If not, try HomeLearn ... we think differently!
[Tuesday 25th July 2017]
We found an interesting article that 'rang some alarm bells' about the 'plight' of education recently.
It was from a 'blog' called 'Future Money Trends' and was entitled "Colleges Continue to Scam Parents and Students". The full original article can be found at: https://www.futuremoneytrends.com/trend-articles/causes-great-pain
The article is from America, and their term 'College' is the equivalent to our 'University' in Australia, but our 'colleges' make a strong point of seeing themselves as preparing students for the very thing this article is talking about, so you could see a similar connection with 'colleges' and 'schools' as well. There are some details that are a little different between the two countries, but the basic principles are still very much the same.
The writer, Daniel Ameduri, makes some interesting points that are very relevant for your child when thinking about education and 'schooling'.
[Wednesday 22nd March 2017]
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."
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