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March 9th, 2005

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01:07 am - School ...
Reading the comments here and reflecting back on my own school days, I can't help thinking (again) that current school systems are in need of radical overhaul.
I'm not sure if there's a good alternative, though. Homeschooling ? How many parents have the aptitude, time and interest in doing it right ? Done badly, it could easily result in worse outcomes than normal schooling. And yet, it could avoid the poisonous socialisation that goes on in so many schools. I've read suggestions in a number of places that we should do away with age grouping, which sounds simply sensible to me. Not all kids of the same age learn at the same rate, or play well togehter, and yet we shove them in to a system which pretends that they do (and generally caters badly for those who are slower or faster than average). Also, mingling kids of different ages might break up some of the worst clique-forming and social exclusion that goes on.
(I should think about this more, research more, and write this post more clearly ... but it's late, I'm tired, and I want to post it now, so ... over to you)
Any thoughts ?
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Date:March 9th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
Although what will be interesting is if they go ahead in Oz and issue vouchers for student education (it's actually purpose is as a nasty trick to increase private school funding). Students (well, parents anyway) will be able to take their vouchers to any school, thus introducing darwinian evolution to the school system.

Personally I just think the good schools will be unable to cope with the increased load and the whole system will crash in flames. [1]

[1] Then again, quite a number of people bought/rented housing in my high school's feeder zone simply to ensure that their kids were able to go there.

Date:March 10th, 2005 02:10 am (UTC)
This sounds like the torie's plans for the UK. Though the housebuying thing already applies.

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