On Sun, Mar 9, 2014 at 12:09 PM, GS Chandy <email@example.com> wrote:
> Indeed. Considering the rubbish that is imparted as 'learning' to > students in most schools, it is quite possible indeed that the best thing > for most students (50%, according to KU) to do is to 'stay home'. However, > at school, there ARE at least two valuable things going on (even if what is > formally taught is rubbish): > > i) Interactions with peers; > > ii) Interactions with authorities. > > Both 'i' and 'ii' are ESSENTIAL for the learner to grow and live and work > and play in this world. Most home-schooled children do not get adequate > exposure to either 'i' or 'ii'. (I have just seen a couple of instances of > this occurring to the children of one of my son's friends). > > GSC >
Yes, but I'm assuming the ones who stay home still have parents / guardians and structured time thanks to meetup.com and so on, where they get together with peers and authorities.
Since the for-credit math courses seem to have a green light already, a company such as Intel to teach them or sponsor having them taught.... lot of opportunities on-line.
But then some students have no safe home or space to return to, maybe no parents or guardians. Schools are havens for them, then. And yes, professional teachers have a lot to offer, especially if freed from the slavery of textbook companies and politicians in bed with 'em.