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I appreciate the desire of readers of this site to discuss and debate the ideas expressed here. Debate is best conducted in public, where onlookers can keep it honest and we can all learn from one another. Thus far I haven't set up a discussion forum here on the Learn in Freedom™ site itself, but I'd be glad to see you join the discussion in some other online communities with moderation and many participants.
From Northern Hemisphere winter 2003-2004 to summer 2010, by far my favorite online discussion groups to participate in were the parent email lists maintained by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development Young Scholars program. I have learned immense amounts about education from those email lists. Now I keep up with the same group of parents in a Facebook secret group. We also have met one another at Davidson Young Scholar Summits arranged by the program, and at Davidson Informal Get-togethers (DIGs) arranged by parents. Check out the qualification criteria for that program if you'd like to be part of a very thoughtful and helpful online community.
Other useful online communities include the three communities where I use the screen name “tokenadult, which I first used on the Art of Problem Solving Forums (AoPS) beginning in 2003 (where I am a moderator, but not particularly active), and then on College Confidential beginning in 2004 (where I am a "super moderator," and still somewhat active), and most recently on Hacker News beginning in 2008 (where I have no role in moderation and am very active, mostly just joining discussions on topics related to education, a minority of the threads on that site). I don't use that screen name anywhere else—especially I don't use it on PayPal or eBay or other places online where someone uses that same screen name, probably after seeing me use it first on AoPS. Most places online I use my real name, Karl M. Bunday, and I much prefer to discuss issues in groups where people form a civilized community for informed discussion and politely check one another's factual statements. If you like moderated discussion in an atmosphere in which many people are using their real names, you are welcome to join me for discussion of the topic of Homeschooling Gifted Children on Google+, in a Google+ Community that I founded and moderate.
Here I'm listing only a few of my favorite sites in this ever-growing category. You are much more likely to get a fast answer to an informational question on a discussion board than by E-mailing keepers of information Web sites. Each board or mailing list has its own flavor. Visit a few and decide which one you find the most informative and helpful, and then join in and answer the questions of other participants. Sharing is what on-line discussion is all about.
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A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another: and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the predominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, a priesthood, an aristocracy, or the majority of the existing generation in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body.