How state education was created and developed as a tool to ensure discipline on the battlefield and in factories following the defeat of Prussia during the Napoleonic war.
The idea spread to the US and elsewhere, eventually becoming so universal that school is now synonymous with education and education with school allowing 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 perpetrated on us all.
While primarily written for a US audience, it also applies to the UK.
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.