This history of education can be told in many ways. One way is to look at the history of technology in education.
Another way is how well education is structured to respond to the interests and energies of the students, the efficient way that the mind learns skills and knowledge, and how the education relates to the needs of the society at large.
Interests of students - Is the curriculum and lessons of interest or not? Is it an unschooling program (interest-driven education)? Does the instruction spark interest and curiosity and engage the students or is education force-fed by intimidation and constructed incentives unrelated to the actual content of the materials (ie, if you don’t learn the material and pass the tests, you won’t graduate and won’t have agood job of life!”). BTW, there is some informal interest driven education these days. I think of the blogosphere and the Wikis as examples of this. My two favorites: collecting joker playing cards and Paintings by Emeric Fejes.
Stay tuned for more info on this topic. In the meantime, you can get some ideas from these sites about non-religious homeschooling and homeschooling for highschool and what colleges like homeschoolers.
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