My son Slater was included in this week's BusinessWeek
piece on home-schooling. Some nice phrases:,
- vowed he'd never put his kid through the eye-glazing lectures
he endured in school
- done by a growing number of creative-class parents
- No longer the bailiwick of religious fundamentalists or
neo-hippies looking to go off the cultural grid, homeschooling is a
growing trend among the educated elite
- The No. 1 motivation, research shows, is concern about school
environments, including negative peer pressure, safety, and drugs.
In some circles homeschooling is even attaining a reputation as a
secret weapon for Ivy League admission.
- conventional education: a mass-production institution that is
failing to adapt. Schools, critics say, are like old industrial
assembly lines, churning out conformists who could function well in
rote factory jobs or rigid corporate hierarchies but not in New
Economy professions that demand innovation and independent thinking
Evolving the formal learning model is incredibly difficult and
complicated. Everything needs to change, from
curricula to expectations to content providers to role of
businesses to teacher training and promotion to lawmakers.
As I have mentioned here, when a SimuLearn team went to China to
begin the localization process of Virtual Leader, they were invited
as guests of the State by the Ministry of Education, and put up in
the same suite that is used for Presidents and other Heads of
When thinking about the revolution, I sometimes think that, a la
Quality, it will happen overseas first, and then after ten years of
economic pounding, the US would be forced to respond. While I still
think that is the probably scenerio, movements like this one, and
people who are dedicated not at an intellectual level but a
lifestyle level, give me hope that it can not only start but also
happen at home.