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  •  I think we need to see more writing about (0+ / 0-)

    the compulsory part of education - maybe we can help that happen by keeping a constant part of the conversation here at DailyKos.

    •  Good topic! A lot of issues tied together there!.. (2+ / 0-)
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      Here is a piece I wrote on that topic previously... "Starting to Imagine Non-Compulsory Schools"

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      by leftyparent on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 07:56:55 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the link (1+ / 0-)
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        From that essay:

        So if you accept my argument against compulsion (and I expect many of you will not) how do we begin to get from where we are now to this new paradigm?
        The Gordian Knot that is our socio-political-economic  system (SPES) is, in large measure, and as Gatto makes so very clear, "glued together" by our compulsory ed system.  And it gives me headaches trying to imagine a single blow that would peaceably unravel it.  My fantasy would be a kind of "Universal Sudbury" model.

        The unrelenting reality of Peak Oil, Global Warming, and the collapse of Capital will force our SPES into contractions that our current cultural state of mind simply refuses to imagine, save for the budding "localization" trends.  That is, I hate to say, probably the only push that will dismantle our truly dystopic compulsory ed system.  

        However, (dare I say it?) parts of the charter schools movement (excluding the right wing privatizers of course) show some promise, however faint, in this direction.


        •  I'm right in that same flow with your thoughts!... (2+ / 0-)
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          I think moving forward is all about somehow moving from the OSFA (one size fits all) where we currently are to something like MPFL (many paths for learning).  Homeschooling is part of creating that spectrum, so are alternative private schools (like Montessori, Waldorf, Sudbury Valley and others), and as you say charters.  Particularly the charting process when it is wielded by community organizers to create an alternative sort of school (not, as in often used in red states) as a cudgel to beat on teachers and their unions.

          As it really begins to be about profoundly different choices and there are many available to nearly everyone, then the whole need to stress compulsion I think will fade away.  IMO mandatory education is a a very in-artful attempt to try to ensure equal education.  If everyone in the country has to go to the same kind of school and take the same mandatory classes then that has to be approaching some sort of fairness, right!  At least from a bureaucratic mindset.  Does that make sense?

          But yes, I think Gatto is right about how compulsory schooling glued together an industrial socially-engineered society that really does not trust itself (in the best of circumstances) or even intend (in the worst) to be truly democratic.

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          by leftyparent on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 03:23:21 PM PDT

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