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Tao P
  • Tao P
  • Vancouver B.c
  • Canada


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If the state is so bad at raising children, how come we allow the state to educate our children?

It's obvious that our educational system is broken, but who is willing to take action to create a new system? Much of learning can be broken down into how much attention does a child get. In a classroom that's almost nil, as a teachers time is spread between 30 students. Studies also clearly show that grading children has a detrimental effect on them. So why do we continue this waste of resources that is also a waste of our children's potential.

What is an alternative to the current method of education. Is there a way to light the fire of children's curiosity rather than smothering it with facts.


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  • Nov 7 2012: I agree that State education can be a progressive force, although it has the potential to be the opposite. I was more-or-less obliged (due to unusual circumstances) to educate my daughter at home for 2 years. As an educator, I did not find this difficult. However, my impression from researching homeschooling in general, which I did at the time, was the the majority of those who home-school their children are fools who were doing their children a great disservice.

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