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Almost half of all parents take children out of school to save money on holidays - Telegraph This is an interesting piece about how our mandatory attendance laws do not allow families to adjust and control the schooling, in this case to ensure that families can afford a holiday.
Emma O’Boyle, a spokesman for TripAdvisor, said: “These findings will come as no surprise to all those parents who are seriously considering sacrificing the family holiday altogether this year. For many families, breaking the rules and taking their child out of school to avoid peak holiday costs is regarded as the only way they can afford a family holiday this year.”
Obviously, children will do better when they are rested and there is good evidence for the benefits of vacation time. And there are lessons for cutting carbon and other ways of conserving resources in allowing these individual modifications. It is clear that families would benefit from time together and this is a direct example, there are very many more, of ways that compulsory mass schooling diminishes the family and weakens it to ensure a format that works for those whose jobs are tied to the industry. Of course, it may not mean much in the US since we do not allow workers any vacations (and our businesses and overall economic health show the wear and tear.)

World map indicating Education Index based on the 2009 UN HDR
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There is no reason why we have to go on with this factory approach and the developed world is not in the situation of having masses of agrarian workers that must transition to an industrial economy. And the supports that communities had in place as schooling slowly grew have been eroded leaving us with a system that has begun to exploit children instead of enable them.

Our inability to move toward a better model, a voluntary model that focuses on offering learning services to families, acknowledging and working cooperatively with families and communities, is hurting our families and communities and growing a top-heavy university sector that is not unlike the financial sector, overbuilt and driving the wrong kind of development.

It is not complicated and we do not need high-powered companies researching this issue:  the US has a citizen-led movement of families of all kinds that have made the homeschooling movement a viable alternative. But it has done more than that. Homeschooling is proof that you don't need the poisonous practices like grading and ranking to provide kids with learning services and help families thrive by making that journey together.  This movement has broad implications for how we understand schools as we move into the 21st century.  We can move toward schools acting as service providers of learning services that families can access as they strive to support each child on its journey. And this transformation of schools can help grow local economies and create sustainable lifestyles while expanding social networks and allowing for more multi-cultural societies by providing families the flexibility and control they need to retain their identity while still accessing common services.

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