Thursday, October 06, 2005

Why Corporate Reformers are Ignoring the Real Revolution in

Posted at SepSchool by Dale Reed

Homeschooling Alone
Why Corporate Reformers are Ignoring the Real Revolution in Education
By Greg Beato, 4/10/2005 11:22:58 PM


What makes such lack of interest especially baffling is that,
theoretically
at least, homeschooling seems tailor-made to the values and needs of
business. It's a private, union-free institution in which the
government
plays only a minor role. It's an endlessly customizable approach to
education that offers an alternative to the one-size-fits-all
limitations of
public school. It produces self-directed individuals who have learned
how to
acquire new skills without constant supervision or coercion.

The downside? It may be a little harder to mass-market Doritos, Nikes,
and
other articles of trade in a Southern Baptist's living room than it is
in a
public school. But in an era when the phrase school choice has become
the
mantra of so many education reformers and philanthropists,
homeschooling, a
choice that millions of parents and children have already
enthusiastically
embraced, remains the most unleveraged asset in the education universe.

Greg Beato has written for dozens of publications, including SPIN,
Wired,
Business 2.0, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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