Today parents have a great variety of educational establishments to choose the best one for their children. Public or private schools have a different approach to students, and the content of their curricula varies too. Under laissez-faire education system we mean alternative schools and methods of schooling which let children explore science on their own. They make a vivid opposition to K-12 public schools with their standardized curriculum strictly followed by teachers. By now, we still have little evidence on the effectiveness of laissez-faire schooling. The only certain thing is the fact that alternative education is very individual – some children may benefit from it but the others will be inevitably harmed.
Schools with laissez-faire principles are frequently accused of providing improper education. Indeed, how can they supply qualitative knowledge if students have no clear to-do list? They are not grouped according to their age, and teachers do not demand a certain level of performance. As a rule, some students learn faster, others – slower, and laissez-faire schools do not force them into learning something they are not ready to yet. On the other hand, there are students who wait for their teachers to stimulate them to go through the comprehensive curriculum faster. Such students will get lost without a clear plan of what is to be done today and what waits for them tomorrow. That is why laissez-faire education is not a success to everybody.
Teaching without a strict control and supervision is a student-friendly approach. However, it is important that student’s freedom does not transform into their parent’s or teacher’s neglect. Parents certainly can decide that laissez-faire education is better, but it is important for them to remember that control and certain academic loading is necessary for most children to make a progress.