All of these products, services and ideas can still be obtained freely and voluntarily, by anyone, at any age because we still have a relatively free market in America. This is what is called the “Free Market of Ideas” working within the Economic construct of the Free Market.
Government assistance, accountability, coercion or monopoly (the opposite of a free market) are not necessary for a free people to better themselves by learning about their world or about ideas or new skills that interest them. Government schools weren’t necessary before they were widely adopted in the 1800’s and they’re especially not necessary when most anyone can have free or relatively free access to any bit of information in the world that interests them.
Here is a FREE lesson, from a FREE course offered online by Hillsdale, on economics. Imagine a world (your world) where attending a government institution called a ‘school’ was optional. (It is optional… you just have to be willing to take responsibility for educating yourself and your children back from the government.)
I’ve been preaching it for years: It’s time for individuals with the skills and entrepreneurial spirit to just DO IT… and start creating alternative learning businesses, organizations and associations/groups so that anyone can choose to skip compulsory state schooling, and get the education they want for their children.
I was enjoying a new site to me this morning. It’s called Dropout Nation, edited by RiShawn Biddle. In a post from 2011 called The Promise of DIY Schools, RiShawn details how the concept of Do It Yourself (DIY) schools have been a part of our history for quite a long time, especially since the ending of slavery, when public schooling wasn’t immediately available to the children of recently freed slaves.
…Imagine if such DIY ethic was brought into reforming American public education? We’re not necessarily talking about the so-called unschooling movement (which consists of very few kids and their parents), or the more-mainstream homeschooling. This would go beyond that. The idea would be that teachers, parents or others committed to reforming American public education would simply start their own schools, either in their own homes, in storefronts or even in the basements of churches. While the schools would still be subjected to standards and accountability — including testing — to ensure that every child is getting high-quality instruction and curriculum, they would be able to create cultures of genius with little bureaucracy in the way.
I will have some fine points to add to this article, but suffice to say, it’s worth reading.
Don’t fret if you miss them, though. She’ll be recording them so you can learn on your own time and at your own pace. Which, when we think about it, is what home education and self-learning are all about, isn’t it?
UPDATE: July 30, 2011 – Ten Week Seminar Series Begins August 3
Laurette will be scheduling weekly live web seminars beginning August 3, 2011, and ending October 5, 2011. The cost is very reasonable and there is a 20% discount for reserving all 10 seminars. Read more and reserve your space here.