Wow. I am convinced homeschooling is the best for anyone who wants to do it, and I’ve long been calling schools factories a la John Taylor Gatto, but it never occurred to me to go as far as comparing the institution of public schooling with the institution of slavery. Cevin Soling does, however. His article Why Public Schools Must Be Abolished is an eye opener; probably even more so if you haven’t thought about homeschooling. He makes good points, though I think abolishing is too much. I think schools must change, and we are at the beginning of a revolution in education. I’d like to see schools become public resources, like the library, and allow for more independent, individual study that is flexible to put families first. They should be voluntary and the focus needs to be on building experience, not performing on tests.
On a similar note, coincidentally, I’ve been reading Seth Godin‘s ebook, Stop Stealing Dreams: What is School For? and Peter Gray just published the some results of his small survey of unschoolers he conducted last fall, The Benefits of Unschooling.
I wish I had more time to write but I’m trying to keep us from staying up too late. Good night!