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Plurality and Education (thanks, Dannie of Jones's)

The current education system is very tiered, and hence geared towards singlets. You learn (a) and then from that, you can learn (ab), then (bc). This makes perfect sense when a singlet is learning, because most people learn better with that system, but can be a lot harder when a group share a body, and one person might know (a), but someone else try and learn (ab). It can also be challenging when the special educational needs spectrum is represented in the group, or even varying ages, because people may be challenged to learn above their ability.

This can, however, be easily managed, it's not an insurmountable challenge, there seem to be two main options:

1. People in the group go to lessons as and when, but take incredibly detailed notes, and pass the learning on. Therefore everyone knows what has been taught. The benefits of this are that everyone becomes equally capable at everything, and hence can sit exams&. The drawbacks of this are primarily that the learning can never be as good a second time round, and a tiny mistake in the notes of the fronter can make the subject near impossible to learn for anyone coming after.

2. Each regular fronter takes charge of one educational course, and attends all the lessons, and does all the homework. This way, they can sit an exam in it and only have to study fields that they are interested in and good at, instead of having to grasp information that is completely beyond their intelligence. The benefits of this are that people will be studying whatever they choose, instead of all sorts of bits of courses. They will also be able to give their full attention to whichever topic is theirs, and so will be able to achieve more with it. The drawbacks are that if they cannot be reached when they are needed, the group will struggle, and people might flounder if they miss lessons or an exam.

We chose to go with option two, and have divided up our educational courses for next year, with two or three people allocated to each course. This enables them to share the knowledge and co-front for the duration of the course, meaning not all the eggs are in one basket, but only study what they are interested in, rather than having to study everything.

Another facet of education worth considering is internal education. We have quite a few children inside, of different ages and intelligence levels, and we wished a while ago to ensure that they were educated and learned above and beyond what was typically expected of children their age. Therefore, each of them now gets 2 hours per day of 1-1 educational time, and studies a varied curriculum. We are currently working out how to get them learning online as well.
This is important to us because we don't want to integrate, we want the children to grow into productive adults.

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