The English Reformation started in the reign of Henry VIII. The English Reformation was to have far reaching consequences in Tudor England. Henry VIII decided to rid himself of his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, after she had failed to produce a male heir to the throne. He had already decided who his next wife would be – Anne Boleyn. By 1527, Catherine was considered too old to have anymore children.
The Education Reformation started in the year 2010. The Education reformation was to have far reaching consequences in the transition between the systems of education for thousands of years. Students and parents, led by brave educators (insert name of your favorite educator here) decided to rid themselves of the inefficient bureaucracy of the Education Ministry and entitlement mentality of schoolteachers and teacher unions who benefited from taxpayers’ money in the old system. The Education System and the teachers in them failed to produce learners who could adapt to the 21st Century and benefit from a Revolutionary Economy that would create what would be known as an M-society.By 2009, state-controlled education systems around the world were considered too old to have anymore innovative ideas.
However, a divorce was not a simple issue. In fact, it was a very complicated one. Henry VIII was a Roman Catholic and the head of this church was the pope based in Rome.
However, sacking all those teachers who had signed contracts with the government was a complicated one. Education leaders, parents and children were still in the system and the head of this system was the pre-eminent Prime Minister.
The Roman Catholic faith believed in marriage for life. It did not recognise, let alone support, divorce. Those who were widowed were free to re-marry; this was an entirely different issue. But husbands could not simply decide that their marriage was not working, divorce their wife and re-marry. The Roman Catholic Church simply did not allow it.
The governments of 2009 believed in state-controlled everything for life. It did not recognize, let alone, support, self-directed learning. Those who had behavioural problems (ADHD, genetic disorders) were free to be homeschooled; this was an entirely different issue. But parents and students could not simply decide that their schooling was not working, quit school and home-educate. The Education Ministries simply would not allow it.
This put Henry VIII in a difficult position. If he went ahead and announced that as king of England he was allowing himself a divorce, the pope could excommunicate him. This meant that under Catholic Church law, your soul could never get to Heaven. To someone living at the time of Henry, this was a very real fear, and a threat which the Catholic Church used to keep people under its control.
This put parents and students in a difficult position. If they went ahead and announced that as voting and future voting citizens of (insert country) we were allowing ourselves an education without schooling, the Education Minister would prosecute them. This meant that under Education Law, your child could not get a certificate for a job to a better life. To someone like the parents and students of 2009, this was a very real fear, and a threat which the state-controlled Education System used to keep people under its control.
Another approach Henry used was to make a special appeal to the pope so that he might get a special “Papal Dispensation”. This meant that the pope would agree to Henry’s request for a divorce purely because Henry was king of England but that it would not affect the way the Catholic Church banned divorce for others. The pope refused to grant Henry this and by 1533 his anger was such that he ordered the Archbishop of Canterbury to grant him a divorce so that he could marry Anne Boleyn.
Another approach parents and students used was to make a special appeal to the Education Minister so that they might get a special “Education Dispensation”. This meant that the Education Ministry would agree to the parents’ and children’s request for not going to school purely because they would take the responsibility to educate themselves to be moral, sociable, young people with great potential to have a meaningful life making the world a better place. This would not affect the way schooling was made compulsory for others. The Education Ministry refused to grant these voting parents and future voters this and by 2012 their anger was such that they rallied behind the Opposition to grant them the right to homeschool so that they could save their children from certain doom.
The Archbishop granted Henry his divorce – against the wishes of the pope. But what else could the archbishop do if he wanted to remain on good terms with Henry?
The Opposition Leader included in their manifesto the homeschooling parents and Innovative Educators’ right to transform learning – against the wishes of the Ruling government. But what else could the Opposition Leader do if he wanted to get the votes of a significant number of voters and soon to be future voters? (Coz students who are 15 to 21 will be grateful and continue to vote for the New Party together with their friends who hated schools and exams)
This event effectively lead to England breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church based in Rome. Henry placed himself as head of the church and in that sense, in his eyes, his divorce was perfectly legal. In 1533, few were brave enough to tell him otherwise!
This event effectively lead to the divide between forward-looking families and ignorant families, setting into motion the creation of an M-society. The Opposition Leader placed himself as champion of parents and children for a better future and in that sense, in his eyes, his break from schooling was perfectly moral. In 2012, few wanted to tell him otherwise.
The Education Revolution – Part 2 here.