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       The idea of redesign also takes many forms. The possibilities for redesigning the educational system are limitless.

       One idea is to bring education home, by way of home schooling. This is already being done privately, and is becoming more popular. On average, home schooled children get better grades, and can get a diploma early. Often this is opposed, since many people believe that a child could easily cheat with home schooling, maybe even with the assistance of their parents, actually making education worse.

       Another idea is to make the environment a friendlier place, focus less on homework and tests, and instead use hands-on activities and in-class projects. Many support this idea because of school taking up a child's entire life, giving them little time to just be themselves, play, and develop a unique consciousness. "It is absurd and anti-life to be a part of a system that compels you to sit in confinement with people of exactly the same age and social class. That system effectively cuts you off from the immense diversity of life and the synergy of variety; indeed it cuts you off from your own past and future, sealing you in a continuous present... It is absurd and anti-life to move from cell to cell at the sound of a gong for every day of your natural youth in an institution that allows no privacy and even follows you into the sanctuary of your home demanding that you do its 'homework.'"1

       A newer idea of redesign is that of schooling on the computer. More and more people are beginning to like the idea of taking entire courses, or even years of school over the Internet, or simply using them as personal tutors. "Of all the advantages that computers will deliver to education, the foremost will be their capacity to act as individual tutors."2 There are now colleges that are attended entirely online, and the degree can be mailed you your doorstep. An online school would be great for students with physical handicaps, letting them complete school without worrying about getting up and down levels on sets of stairs that are already a pain for perfectly healthy students. Although, online schooling could have more problems than any normal school would, having to worry about students hacking in to the school for test answers, and various forms of cheating, meaning that online schools will need to be extra creative in keeping it far, and educating, so that it doesn't make education worse.

       In my opinion, I believe a combination would be best. Some tests would be given to children anually every few years or so to see how they learn. and what system would be best for them, and they could use the school system most suited to them. This is not without it's flaws, however. Many would oppose the idea that there need to be set standards to judge all students by.

1. Education in America, page 20.
2. Computers as Tutors, http://www.cris.com/~faben1/section4.shtml

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