Published Online 2018
Home-school - The Rationale
Tills are disappearing in supermarkets
and are being replaced with 'Do-it-yourself' checkouts. Banks have reduced
staff massively due to automation; people can organize their finances
People are losing jobs and economies
are going to have to adjust at an ever faster pace. Schools need to train
their students for such a future too, and, in doing so, they will find
themselves becoming more redundant. How will schools become redundant? Well,
the mechanisms are already in place. It's called - home-school.
Home-school - The resistance
Change does not come easy, but it will
come. Basically, it will come and people/govt. will have to react to it. Or,
it will be taken as a target and be actively pursued as a positive option.
Teachers and school administration
staff will not like it since many will lose their jobs. Ministers and
Education department officials will likely oppose it too until the change
Basically, countries, localities or
people that adopt such change at the earliest opportunity will reap the
benefits in the long run.
- The present
Students who can't cope with school for a variety of reasons (long term
sickness, stress, introverted, bullying, lack of academic ability, and so on
etc). Except in cases where motivation is high, these students generally do
not fare so well.
2 Students whose parents prefer the advantages of
home-schooling. Generally, such parents are more aware and are keenly
focused on their child's education to such an extent that they take more
direct control. Whether the student is self-motivated or not, their
advantage is that generally, they learn to self-study to a high standard.
They are sometimes thought to be disadvantaged when it comes to socializing
but these days local areas have study groups where like-minded families
bring their children together to share home schooling experience and ideas.
- The future
predict that at some point, the brighter students will realize that in this
information age, they can simply not bother with school and study at home.
Most of what they need in high school is already available and readily
Either, it will happen gradually, or, someone will
set up a home-schooling program where the brighter self motivated children
can simply do everything at home. All they would have to do is sit the exams
that the ordinary school children sit at the end of each academic year.
- Benefits for the people
Students who successfully pass through a system of
self-education will be far better served to survive in the 21st Century.
They will know how to seek information, compare and discern the good from
the bad, and learn whatever they need to learn on an ongoing basis. They
will be smarter, more confident, and ready to tackle all the challenge and
change that the world is likely to throw at them.
- Advantages for government and the economy
If the government actively pushed home-schooling
towards capable students, it could reduce it's education costs by a massive
In the short term, there would be less need for
teachers but being highly educated many would simply move to the private
sector and become productive members of society (rather than consumers of
taxes - govt. workers).
who are not self-motivated would not likely succeed in a home schooling
For students on the borderline, a system could
be set up whereby if they passed their exams at the end of the year, they
could continue with home-schooling. If not, they would have to study at the
same level for another year, or, return to school led direct teaching. That
would provide their motivation to succeed.
Students who cannot cope with self-education will still need direct
teaching. They will still be able to become productive members of society.
I would estimate that, depending upon the area, anything
from 30% (run-down areas) to 90% (richer areas) of children could cope with
home-schooling. It would not be a set figure and would depend upon the