ThisÂ article, with letters and comments at the end, is interesting, and has oneÂ opinion aboutÂ “national education” credited from the 18th century, long before teacher’s unions and the big business aspect of public education.Â
The gist of the article is that ‘the one right way’ model is no longer accepted without examination by all parents.
- CBC.ca, Alberta, Canada, 13 July 2006, Minding your ownÂ Â Â Â
[Professor Scott] Davies’ research reveals an underlying discourse centring around the “language of choice and rights” that has more and more parents shopping around for styles in a free market of pedagogy.Â Â …Â Â Â
When compulsory national education was proposed in 18th-century England, political critic William Godwin penned one of the first objections to national education.Â Â
In his Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (1793), Godwin warned that “a national education has the most direct tendency to perpetuate … errors, and to form all minds upon one model.”Â Â
The one model is firmly entrenched as a major industry with a labyrinth of bureaucracy built around it. In Ontario, the education budget teeters at $17.5 billion a year, with measures proposed at the Ministry of Education that would motivate students to stay in school and keep learning until the age of 18 by threatening fines or revoking driver’s licences for drop-outs.Â Â
Home-educators who believe that learning is a natural human attribute have a view which is conflicting to the ministry’s: motivation must come from within, and, so the theory goes, when people are given charge of their choices with practical support they will come to perceive themselves as life-long learners.