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An insightful video that covers many of the issues home educators and others raise about schooling.

A video covering what you probably thought only you believed about schools.

Schooling was created at the outset of the industrial revolution. It was intended to create a compliant workforce, populous and military.

Schools were never intended to foster creativity and independent thought and despite what some attempt to argue, a National Curriculum, can never be so adaptable as to suit every child.

 
 
Taken from John Taylor Gatto's book An Underground History of American Education.

An explanation of how state education was created and developed following the defeat of Prussia at the hands of Napoleon as a tool to ensure discipline on the battlefield and in factories.

This video explains how the idea was modified and spread to the US and elsewhere, eventually becoming so universally accepted that school is now regarded as synonymous with education and education with school allowing some politicians to claim "A child not in school is not learning."

Debunking this falsehood is the first step towards understanding the nature of the fraud that has been perpetrated on us all.

While this video is primarily written for a US audience, it also applies to the UK.

 
 
Free to Learn

A talk by Dr Alan Thomas on the topic of Informal and Autonomous education.

He explains in this videoed conference talk some of the fundamentals of autonomous or unschooling ideas and to some extent how they work.

 
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Do Schools kill creativity?

An entertaining and engaging TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson on the subject of creativity in education.

Many home educators hold Sir Ken in high regard and do their best to incorporate his ideas in their own children's education.

This talk has been listened to by an estimated 200,000,000 people. It is, by far the most popular TED talk in the history of TED talks. It's influence in education and learning, rightly, cannot be over estimated.

 
 
How to Escape Education's Death Valley
Sir Ken Robinson

Another TED talk on the subject of how school is failing children. In this talk he introduces the concept of natural learning and the importance of curiosity.

He looks at how testing should be about diagnostics and not simple pass/fail tests.

Tests should support learning, enhancing and enabling it. Instead the standardised testing used today in schools is used as a tool to grade and stratify students as well as measure teacher performance. Rather than being used as a tool to understand and enhance individual children's learning experiences.

 
 
Changing Education Paradigms
A video produced by the RSA with
Sir Ken Robinson

An adaptation of a talk by Sir Ken which illustrates the failure of the current education system to adapt to modern needs from it's enlightenment origins. As with all of Sir Ken's talks, this one is both engrossing and entertaining.

In this talk Sir Ken discusses the alienation of children in school caused by inappropriate teaching, testing and even the very environment of school itself leading to the alleged 'epidemic' of HDAD.

 
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Unschooling
A TED talk with:
Callie Vandewiele

A TED talk by a home educated young person now studying for her PhD who advocates that the freedom unschooling (autonomous) education offers is the reason for her academic success.

It's also about frogs.


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