The Future of Online Learning - In
school, or Homeschool
Lets start with one key subject. Math is math
wherever you go. What could easily be done would be to set up a universal
syllabus. Not according to age, but just according to increasing ability as
one progresses through the process.
Such a syllabus that could be started by a young
child on their first day at school, or by a 50 year old man who wants to
start bettering himself. Once addition and subtraction have been
mastered, for example the aspiring student would get some kind of 'stamp',
and move on. You could learn at school or at home for that same stamp. The
stamp could be issued by authorized educational institutions that have
gained accreditation to issue stamps.
A student, sensibly, ought not be allowed to move on
until they/themself have achieved their stamp. This would instantly mean
that in any age-oriented class, students would all be at different levels,
each according to his/her own ability. The teacher would be the facilitator,
helping each student at the level they are at.
A school could, if it so wished, still organize
students according to age, or, it might wish to stratify them into various
levels according to their current ability as they rise up through the
system. Students would become more responsible for their own levels and
general level-guides could be issued by controlling bodies.
There would be nothing to stop a man in Australia,
another in Brazil, and another in China studying the same material at the
same time, albeit in their own languages. All would get the same stamp,
possibly even from the same controlling body, perhaps made up of a panel
from different countries. Quite simply, math is math. This system could be
implement and become part of high school graduation once certain levels are
No grades. Simply:
Basic algebra ¡æ
Pass. Fail need not be recorded as your level would be the previous
Records would be kept on a government server,
with the individual student issued with the same information on a student
card that is updated yearly. Potential employers could be granted access by
the owner (student).