Following a defeat Prussia developed schools as
a tool to discipline troops on the battlefield.
The idea spread to the US and, eventually became so
universal that today school is synonymous with education and education
with school allowing politicians to claim "A child not in school
is not learning."
What did you learn in school today?
An American video from the Innovation
Playlist website, asking the simple question 'What is school
for?" because if you look at what schools actually do and
how they do it, there's a mismatch to what they actually do.
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.
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. It's influence in
education and learning, cannot be over estimated.
An adaptation of a talk by Sir Ken which illustrates
the failure of the current 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.
Sir Ken discusses alienation in school due to inappropriate
teaching, testing and environment of school leading to the alleged
'epidemic' of HDAD.
A TED talk with:
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.
to Read by Dr Harriet Patterson
An excellent piece of research
into how home educated children learn to read.