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A Question of Resistance to Home Education and the Culture of School-Based Education

Peabody Journal of Education: Issues of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Vol. 88, No. 3

Blane Després, Ripple Deep Consulting


Public educator resistance to home education is not a definitive or deliberate offense but part of the culture of teaching, schooling, and the grand culture in which schooling functions. Such resistance, especially at higher bureaucratic levels, stems from a faith stance that might very well be misinformed, misguided, and perhaps even blindly biased. A reading of the roles of teachers and resistance to change from a systems thinking framework informs this work. The main purpose of this article is to present findings from a review of the literature in an effort to expose the critical factors that might inhibit home education growth, acceptance—especially by educators—and greater inclusion as a mainstream education practice. Systemic thinking application in combination with the topic of home education offers multiple strands of understanding home education, systems thinking, and resistance. This article furthers the discussion on home education and prompts educators and researchers alike to reconsider home education and educator roles for the 21st century not as utilitarian functions for local and global economies but as coworkers toward a perceived common goal for children.


Blane Després enjoys his family, camping, playing guitars, motorcycling, writing, designing, building, and tinkering. Formerly Assistant Professor of Technology Education at UBC Okanagan, he now provides business and organizational consulting via an online systems thinking (“big picture”) matrix (Ripple Deep). He has taught most subjects at all levels of K-12 school, though primarily French as an Alternate Language, and at a storefront school. He has graduate degrees in alternative learning (M.A.), and business and education partnerships (Ph.D.). His interests include systemic thinking and advancing it as a primary model for and analytical tool of all events (policies, status, happenings), true educational reform, leadership, purposes of education, philosophy, architecture and alternative learning approaches (e.g. homeschooling, rites of passage). His two children (ages 11 and 15) enjoy homeschooling.