Monday, September 21, 2009

The Death of Factory Education?

The Shifting Paradigm of Factory Education Part I
The Process of Societal Conditioning

Mention education reform to a crowd and you get any number of responses. One might say schools are failing kids, another that the nation's youth has been dumbed down. Still more might equate education reform with standardized testing. But there is a growing group of parents (and would-be parents) who feel that the American factory education has run its course and education reform simply means a new system. A paradigm shift.

For most people the factory education is the only thing they've ever known. It used to be, back when I was little, that children were born and then they stayed home with their mothers.
Mothers used to stay home too. Some children, for various reasons, went to a pre-school. Often this was in relation to the church that the family attended. At the pre-school the children would learn to sing, and count, and recite the alphabet. They'd make macaroni necklaces and paint at the easel.


Dan said...

I was happy to discover your blog today. I was unable to find a contact link. I hope it's OK that I'm contacting you through a public comment. I've developed an educational program for Windows called SpellQuizzer that helps children learn their spelling and vocabulary words without the battle that parents often have getting them to sit down and write them out while the parents dictate to them. The parent enters the child's spelling words into the software making a sound recording of each word. Then the software helps the child practice his or her words. It really helped my children with their weekly spelling lists.

I would appreciate your reviewing SpellQuizzer in The Simple Homeschool. If you are interested in hosting a giveaway of a SpellQuizzer license I'd be happy to supply a free license to the winner. You can learn more about the program at There's a video demo you can watch at and a community site where SpellQuizzer users can share their spelling lists with one another ( Finally, there's a page targeted to homeschooling families at I'd be happy to send you a complimentary license for the software. Please let me know if you are interested.

Thank you very much!

Dan Hite
TedCo Software

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