OFTP blog posts in English

For blog posts in French, see the French version of the site. They are not translations of the English posts, but rather different articles.
Pour les billets de blog en français, voir la version française du site. Ce ne sont pas des traductions, mais plutôt des articles différents.

“Birds fly, fish swim…”

“Birds fly, fish swim, man thinks and learns. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do, and all we need to do, is bring as much

“Schools are artificial…”

“Schools are artificial man-made institutions in contrast to the home, which is a natural setting. There have always been many cultures with no schools, but none without homes. Learning at home, in fact, was the original education system, and school has become the substitute. Until the last century, children didn’t usually even begin formal school

‘Failure to educate’

“Certainly the failure rate among schoolchildren is far higher than homeschoolers.  If ‘failure to educate’ means child neglect or even child abuse, well then, I’ll tell you what, plenty of our schools are in big trouble.” (David Guterson – Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense)

“In the name of consistency…”

“– ‘If it is determined that the ‘Home Instruction Program’ is not in compliance, the child must be enrolled in school and the parent will no longer be eligible to conduct a Home Education Program for the child.’ — In the name of consistency – as my father suggested to my writing students – Seneca

Unquestioned Obedience

“While children’s perceptions of the world and opportunities for genuine spontaneity and creativity are being systematically eliminated from the kindergarten, unquestioned obedience to authority and rote learning of meaningless material are being encouraged.” (Harry L. Gracey, sociologist, “Learning the Student Role: Kindergarten as Academic Boot Camp” in H. Stub (ed.) The Sociology of Education: A

“Believe nothing…”

“Believe nothing, O monks, merely because you have been told it . . . or because it is traditional, or because you yourselves have imagined it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be conductive to the