Whenever I find articles that used to keep me up at night, worrying about my kids, and now lull me to blissful, tranquil sleep as I know I’ve done the right thing, I try to share them here. This blog is my record of the home education journey we’re on, as well as a potential resource for other newbies on the way.
Today a friend on Facebook (who is actually very supportive of formal, traditional education in general: she is about to become a qualified teacher, both her parents are teachers, and both her kids are (and will always be) in school), posted this article link on Facebook.
The author comments that in today’s world, he doesn’t know if he would send his children to a South African school, particularly for the later high school years.
Obviously I agree.
What really struck me were these two paragraphs:
Second, all universities, as a result, spend huge amounts of management time discussing the problem of what in my business we call ‘throughput rates.’ We worry, as university leaders, about the large numbers who drop out or repeat courses and years, simply because we made the mistake of believing that a pass in Grade 12 means a student is qualified to study at university. We are penalised in the government subsidy for high failure and drop-out rates, and we scramble every year to improve the throughput rate. We fail to do this effectively.
Third, students graduate from weaker universities with the same conceptual and skill limitations with which they came through school. Where does this deficiency show up? In the workplace. Talk to any employer in business and industry and they will tell you the same story: today’s graduates are weak, even incompetent, in the basic skills of reasoning, writing, and computing; they cannot work in teams; they are inarticulate in public; they cannot solve complex problems; they lack the rigour of hard work; there is, in other words, a huge gap between what the school or university diploma says, and what graduates can actually do in the real world.
It’s a long read but eye-opening and worth the trouble. Read it over here.
Did you know that over 50 000 South African parents home educate their children? That is not a small number.