Equality perspective- Yes.The effects of #thuisonderwijs , from my point of view, are currently viewed from a single perspective. A perspective that is about pupils who are lagging behind, about lack of equal opportunities and vulnerable families. The facts and figures don't lie about it, you can't close your eyes to it, and education doesn't. Help is being provided on a massive scale.
Protecting is central to education. As a result, education professionals, policy makers and other professionals tend to intervene, control and equalize. In all educational layers we like to think for another, for the weak in society. Out of well-intentioned care. But if you lose in care, you become a prelude. Then you will tell others how it should be according to your values and standards to be equal to.... Yes to what?
Education is often seen as the great equalizer, and I have trouble with that. Who am I to make the other equal to... yeah, what? To a standard that we have set for an average student, from our own environment, experiences, knowledge, competences and experiences?DifferencesIn the time when students do not go to school, even greater differences arise. Differences that have existed for a long time, but have been suppressed by continuing to strive for an ideal of equality, an average standard and the use of inappropriate laws, regulations and academic year class system. These differences are now being widened.
Students all develop in a different way. That has to do with what they experience, with conversations they have at home, on the street, at the sports club. What parents give them from their own culture and past, the knowledge they come into contact with etc. There are great differences between children, between us humans.
The differences are viewed from a single perspective; from the concern for the weaker and the ideal of equality. If people continue to look from that perspective, they close their eyes to students who live in better home situations. About them people worry much less. They will be there. But do they get equal opportunities? I don't think so.
In recent weeks, I have spoken to many parents and pupils who say that home education has freed them from the imperative school straitjacket they were in. They have discovered the drive that learning beyond the straitjacket of the average standard and equal learning material, the inappropriate instruction and feedback, is possible. For them the damper comes the moment they go back to school: they have to get back in line...
Note: this is not without consequences. Many of these students are going to learn and/or
have behavioural problems that can have serious and lasting consequences. This is not
problematic only for the pupil himself and those directly involved, but also for the
society as a whole. And many students, 15000 by now, have been sitting at home for years. They are not given equal opportunities because they are in better home situations.Variety perspectiveWhat has now made our current system more visible than ever is that we cannot continue to think from an ideal of equality. An average norm. Seeing education as equalizer. Treating everyone equally by starting from the same starting point in the learning line and wanting to achieve the same result at the same time creates unequal opportunities.
Teaching pupils, at home, at school, on the street, at sports clubs can make a difference. Success of the student is strongly related to the belief in his own abilities, in getting to know yourself. Success is connected with gaining success experience by people with whom you feel connected, who appreciate you and give recognition. Who give you the confidence to do the task your way. Who transfer knowledge, provide a rich learning environment and give you time to become skilled at it. Teachers who understand the learning needs of their students and offer material in the area of close development. For many students, school is the only place where they can be met, one needs something different or more than the other.
Children are not the same, do not learn the same and do not develop in the same way. Education should be based on diversity, development and in cooperation with parents and other experts who can further guide the child in his development.
It is high time to step by step replace the centuries-old school class system with a development-oriented education system where diversity is recognised. Where every pupil deserves a fair and just place of education and where every child is treated unequally because equal opportunities has different perspectives.