Long way to education

Oh, the dreaded conversations about our education choices. I find it confusing when people ask if we’ll let the kids go to high school. As if what we’re doing now is somewhat excusable but, really, we can’t possibly think we are capable of this education task, can we? I hadn’t realised until after the fact that I just missed another one of those conversations with and ex-teacher this past weekend. My husband was aware of the person’s teaching experience and was waiting patiently for the topic to be raised but it never was. It’s a bit of grace that I didn’t know because, what, with my foot-in-mouth syndrome I would have been stepping on toes left and right there.

The reason behind our choice to skip traditional schooling is not primarily because we think it’s unsafe or of a low standard or too expensive or about us being overprotective, or whatever other reasons there may be. It’s not something that will change as the kids get older because it goes right back to the fundamentals of what education is. The philosophy of it all. And this underlying belief about education applies to all education, including secondary and tertiary education.

Should I be hesitant to say out loud that I have a bias against college? What kind of mother am I, right? But so many things besides my intuition and personal further study are supporting our views. This week, for example, theres this post on MindShift.

This is an American study but so much applies here too. Some of the common experiences like

feeling disenfranchised by the conventional college system are becoming institutionalized student experiences

This seems to me to be a trend here too stemming from the false assumption that

high school, college with chosen major, internship, job — will smoothly go from one phase to the next

We’re sold this line and we buy it because we want it to be true. And what we want most is that job at the end of the trail. We’re not interested in becoming educated people, we’re just after the job. We’ll do exactly what they tell us to do, just like we have been since we were six because that’s when they started selling us this line and our whole lives have been invested in this thing and if they don’t deliver… ? Well, I’d feel disenfranchised too.

I found this bit interesting:

the report found that students were most influenced by nontraditional academic experiences like study-abroad trips, internships, and mentorships. But while those experiences often lead to the identification of a long-term life goal, they generally come toward the end of college, and don’t leave time for a change of course in study

So why, if they know this, do they not move intern-type experiences to the beginning of college? I have my own thoughts on that and the article highlights some of the studies findings too. Please go over there and read it. Study: Path Through College is Indirect and Stressful for Many Students

Work. Studies. Education. Any thoughts to share?


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