Thanks to Shaun for sending me over to read something on Elsie’s blog. Elsie has written a few posts recently that get into some of the fundamental questions about the politics of education. She has been a school teacher and now homeschools and has some very thoughtful posts on the relationship between those two roles.
Reading some of these have reinforced some ideas I’ve had for a while. It would be good for homeschoolers and teachers to try to understand their points of commonality and also their differences and then to work together to address some of the bigger problems with education in many of our countries. Because the problem isn’t fundamentally about the teachers. It is about the mistrust of teachers, demands for accountability of a particular sort, and larger political decisions about both the funding of schools and how we will make schools accountable. Teachers as much as homeschoolers suffer from too much emphasis on standardized testing. And many of the good teachers have left the system because they don’t think “teaching to the test” is good teaching.