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
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
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