Articles and links about Education -
There is more than enough material on the www to find out about home education. Here are some clues.
The fun factory http://www.thefuntheory.com/
Is Talent a Thing? http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08dnkh8
Play and Creativity http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08dmk4h
Fiona Nicholson Home Education consultancy http://edyourself.org/
Home Education Research
Cambridge Review Primary Futures Alternative Education
The Cambridge Primary Review looked at alternative approaches to education such as Steiner and elective home education.
Whilst the outcomes and attainments of home educators are as diverse as those in school or any other educational institution, there are some shared experiences and benchmarks which can be seen as a common factor among a high proportion of children educated outside school.
"In the midst of the many differences in philosophy, outlook and practice of home schoolers, from those who follow the national curriculum pretty rigidly to those whose approach makes Summerhill seem like a model of mainstream pedagogical rectitude, home schooling appears to consistently offer children a more efficacious educational experience even as measured by the standards of normative performativity. One constant in the midst of much complexity is the better than average performance of home schooled children when compared to age cohorts in the general population. Rudner’s (1999) study illustrated that those in grades 1-4 who are educated at home, on average, perform one grade level higher than their public and private school counterparts. Lest this be thought as an effect of early nurture likely to dissipate later in the child’s educational development, it is striking that the performance gap expands as the student progresses so that by 8th grade such children are performing at four grades above the national average in the US."
Paula Rothermel Comparison of home- and school-educated children on PIPS baseline assessments
This article by Paula Rothermel reports on the performance of reception-aged, home-educated children. Media reports tend to focus on older home-educated children withdrawing from school but very little is known about younger children many of whom have never been to school. This research sought insight into the learning experience of these young children. The study involved 35 home-educated children aged between four and five years of age, from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. The children were assessed using the Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (Start and End of Reception).Whilst the home-educated children outscored their school counterparts, those from lower socio-economic groups outperformed their middle class peers. It appeared that a flexible approach to education, and a high level of parental attention and commitment, regardless of their socio- economic group and level of education, seemed the most important factors in the children’s development and progress.
European Commission document Nov 2012 outlining proposals for development of education to deliver more entrepreneurial skills.
Dominic Boddington of Respect4Us based in Norwich UK submission on behaviour and discipline
Watch Sir Ken Robinson on the most viewed TED talk - about the need for a fundamental change to education.
Read about deeper learning and children's incredible ability given a nurturing environment.
In Berkana’s work to support healthy, resilient communities, one of the things we pay attention to is the way that learning happens. In recent years we’ve seen people and communities radically rethink the concept of learning. A growing movement is questioning the dominant, Western educational system. In the United States, some young people are seriously questioning the value of college by either dropping out or foregoing graduate school to start social enterprises or create their own learning communities . . . .