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Arun Elassery
Oct 04, 2022
In General Discussion
"No matter how loud and persistent our talk of radically changing the inherited educational structure, there is no prospect whatsoever of any real transformation being effected by the ruling political and cultural elite. In fact, it is strange and depressing to find that behind the scene all political parties in India reveal an ominous unanimity with regard to this negative conservatism in educational theory, policy and practice. If any effort towards the regeneration of Man’s experience, imagination and intellect is to be made, it has to begin and continue outside and independently of the present educational, political and cultural establishments." - From the introduction to 'Illuminations' by Professor AK Saran
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Arun Elassery
Sep 26, 2022
In General Discussion
In 2017 Srikant was giving his 12th and Dinkar was giving his 10th NIOS board exams in Kerala. I saw that a large number of boys and girls gave the exams with them. These are the children who fail the state board exams, children who fall out of the education system (65% children fail to come out of 12th standard across India). I felt great joy looking at them. They looked happy, healthy and very strong. They had been relentlessly 'educated' for 10-12 years and had escaped unscathed. These were the 'failures' who were pillars of strength when Kerala faced its devastating floods. Why should we send our children to school to have all their strengths systematically taken away from them? Homeschooling is probably the middle path for being strong and not a 'failure'.
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Arun Elassery
Sep 19, 2022
In General Discussion
Education should equip us to fit into and work for the betterment of the samaaj. Developing the power of right understanding, viveka, of the learners should be a part of that ideal education. Unfortunately, there is no functional samaaj for us to fit into today. And the education system is designed to create mindless consumers. In today's world, homeschooling is probably the best way to develop the power of right understanding in children. The value of this to the homeschooled children and perhaps to the world at large will be immense.
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Arun Elassery
Aug 22, 2022
In General Discussion
Bryan Caplan a professor of economics and the father of two homeschooled boys, in his book 'The case against education', says that schooling is a huge waste of time and money. Check out the video about the book at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1hZylJp-pHo.
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Arun Elassery
Aug 15, 2022
In General Discussion
Finland is famous for having one of the best education systems in the world. Yet if you look at the data of families, 50% families have no children and 12% are single parent households. Looks like there is a breakdown of the family structure happening there. Is this where we want to go? Will homeschooling help us escape this? Probably not at a societal level, given the way the world works today, but maybe individual homeschooling children can learn to create viable happy lives in the middle of all this chaos. It is worth thinking about...
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Arun Elassery
Aug 08, 2022
In General Discussion
The education system is set inside the larger paradigm that is dominant across the world. The paradigm of 'Liberalism' or 'Modernity'. Modern schooling is a way to brainwash children into buying into the toxic values of materialism and individualism inherent in . These values have already taken the world to the brink of disaster. It is not possible for individuals to change large systems, but understanding what is going on and logging out of the toxic aspects can improve our quality of life. There is very little chance of this happening inside conventional schooling. This is a powerful reason to choose home-schooling.
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Arun Elassery
Aug 01, 2022
In General Discussion
- It covers 12+ years of childhood, mostly passively listening with 40 other children to things which have no relevance to real life. - Teachers who have very little interest in education or in children and are there because they couldn't get another job, spend most of their time in classroom management (which means ensuring silence in the classroom). - Academic achievement (short-term remembering of the irrelevant academic information) and conformity are rewarded. Children not inclined in this direction or who are too tough to be beaten into submission are labelled 'failures'. - With its uniforms, discipline and pointless hard work, it is like a jail which lets its inmates out on parole every evening on condition that they come back the next morning. What do you think?
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Arun Elassery
Jul 25, 2022
In General Discussion
Once we introspect and see that: a. Most of the huge mass of information that the school transacts is not very useful. b. This mass of information is transacted very inefficiently. The inevitable conclusion we reach is that (if we can manage it) we should not let our child's precious childhood get wasted inside a school classroom. What do you think?
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Arun Elassery
Jul 18, 2022
In General Discussion
Covid-19 gave the whole world a taste of home-schooling. The children were home and the parents were home. The parents overheard and saw what their children go through in school. The examples that I overheard/saw were not very inspiring. My children are grown-up now and anyway they didn't go to school, but if they were going to school I wouldn't have needed any other reason to pull them out. Parents with school-going/ home-schooled children, what do you think?
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