Educational Anarchy

Homeschoolers practice it. 

The California Teachers Association fear it, as apparently evidenced in their brief regarding the Rachel L case concerning the legalities of California homeschooling.  (I've only read the Pacific Justice Institute's synopsis of the CTA brief)

I've always found it ironic that teacher unions, public school authorities and public school cheerleaders often blast homeschoolers for our lack of accountability.  As if we don't have any, unless we look to authorities outside our family.

But yet, and rightfully so, there is a constant oh, me – oh, my about dropouts, teacher abuses and the increase in college remediation classes [pdf].  The wringing hands stretch to those blasted homeschoolers.  In a logical world, who would guess that a tiny percentage of kids in the compulsory attendance age range would be such an Issue that a state teachers union writes up a hostile brief for CA Supreme Court review regarding this case? 

Don't they have anything better to do?

I thought it was interesting and exemplified the strength of California homeschooling that a brief was also filed by Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown stating "that home schooling has a long and positive history in California and across the nation."  That support across the political lines acknowledges the satisfied results from the homeschooling families.

I thought it was also interesting that Pacific Justice Institute was "given a unique opportunity by the Court to respond to all of these briefs and will be filing its reply by Monday".  PJI must be all-powerful, because I'm still trying to figure out how they got my address and name a couple of months ago to plea for money and support regarding this California case.  

Read more thoughts about the CTA reaction here:
Principled Discovery


Educational Anarchy — 9 Comments

  1. Well, I don’t think the court is going to accept briefs from all of us…and I’m assuming their response will be in defense of Sunland. Since that is who they are representing.

    I don’t know what to think about all of it…but at least I’m not on their mailing list. The only pleas for money I read for them were those I read on their website. 🙂

  2. Lucky you!

    I neglected to mention one of my convoluted points about this educational anarchy soundbite. EdWeek had an article in early May. The full article is on Texas Insider: Online Education Cast as ‘Disruptive Innovation’

    Disruptive Innovation is something the school system is also struggling with, and a Harvard business professor found a phrase to describe what schools try to ignore.

    I’m not sure how I feel about computer innovations as a success story for education of young minds and bodies.
    But it is always interesting that the best that many of these schools and their proponents could do was the cramming down” technology onto its existing architecture, dominated by the “monolithic” processes of textbook creation and adoption, teaching practices and training, and standardized assessment—which, despite some efforts at individualization, by and large treat students the same.
    One American Federation Teacher Union officer is excited about it as a “different system”. AFT was always different than NEA.

    I contend that a ‘system’ for children’s education doesn’t seem to work well. Educational Anarchy is not a bad thing. Nor are Disruptive Innovations. I can agree with a couple things that the teacher unions find to make an issue. yippee

  3. We certainly have seen how well educational anarchy works for families and children in general!

    I went and read the Disruptive Innovation article and it seems to me that the teachers union and those involved in Disruptive Innovation need to be reminded of what we educational anarchists have known all along– Children love to learn and if you don’t weigh them down with heavy standards and requirements, they will excel on their own. I hope those in education, new school or old school will remember that learning is not a business, but a natural effort that if allowed, blooms and grows.

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  5. heh…disruption innovations as you described… in the home educator’s abode, can certainly be unfortunate. Surely Harvard has some of those too.

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