I needed a ride the other day so I pulled out my handy cellphone, pushed a couple of buttons, and in 6 minutes my ride was sitting in front of me. She drove me to the store, waited for a few minutes, then drove me back to my hotel. I got out of the car, said thank you to the driver, and went back to my room. The whole episode made cabs look like a hansom among a street filled with A-models. Such is the evolution of the cab industry.
But things do evolve. Change is ever present. And that said, it’s interesting, given the education institution’s militant defense of evolution, that it cannot itself evolve. That’s because the institution’s priority is not the education of children. As I’ve said many times here, the institution’s number one priority is the institution. Drawing on the cab analogy again we can get some insight as to why that is. The cab companies are not free market enterprises but instead are crony capitalism enterprises. Companies and their cronies in the government work together to protect their interests by locking out competition which drives up prices. But the technology of the GPS and the smartphone have made this racket obsolete.
Homeschooling is the Uber of education. The old way is a racket between the National Education Association and the taxer-spenders. There’s no competition. You are sent the bill, and an inferior product is provided down the street from your house. You can take it or leave the product but not the bill. And, as it turns out, the whole thing works like a 13 year infomercial for college, so tenured professors can get their piece of your wallet as well.
I found this article to be a good and realistic analysis of the antiquated education model in modern times, and it’s worth reading I think:
A few excerpts:
Schools are bad and getting worse at delivering the basics, even by their own somewhat dubious definition of what counts as important. It hardly bears mentioning that K-12 schooling is virtually useless when it comes to building a valuable and diverse network, or getting specialized skills or abstract thinking. Though in fairness it makes little effort to provide these, as college is supposed to pick up at that point.
The [college/university] system is bound for correction, and we see it happening all around. Just step back a moment and unbundle all the things that college is supposed to be. Graduates are walking away with little more basic skill and knowledge than they came in with. They’re more mature, but mostly because most 22 year olds are more mature than most 18 year olds. The networks developed at college tend to be primarily a smallish group of peers. Look around the typical college classroom and ask whether the people at those desks are going to be valuable connections down the road. Outside a few top Ivy League programs, it’s a crap shoot. Abstract or philosophical thinking is the exception, not the rule among graduates, and there is little time or scope to develop specialized skills outside of a few disciplines like the physical sciences. Possibly the greatest non-financial cost is four or more years spent not gaining experience working.
Yes, this article is mainly about college. But I don’t see the world through a college/public school lense. The institution, including college, is supposed to be aimed at providing an education for your children, but it ends up being a cash cow for cronies. I simply look at my child and attempt to help him into his vocation or calling, and “college” is just a tool in the toolbox, that may be necessary. I’m amazed at how much my view of education has changed since beginning this adventure. I can only say that my entire paradigm has shifted, and is alien to the model that the masses see, and especially the model that the bureaucrats see. It’s not surprising to me that homeschool students perform so much better than their peers in general. And the business world, which must survive in this new world of illiterate “graduates”, are seeing it too. It will only get better for home education, and worse for the institution.