Among many things that British got wrong, one was the refusal to call a place school if it did not have a permanent building neatly separated into classrooms and such. More than the learning outcomes, the infra that mattered more for British to recognize anything as a school and they went about closing down the informal "under the tree" schools in this manner. Of course as you go deeper you realize this policy was driven more by the corruption in the East India Company and British government where missionaries wanted funding from government to build "infra" in the same of schools.
Much later in 2005 or so James Tooley another British Economist in charge of World Bank aid to school system in India discovered similar trends and quit his job to promote low cost high quality private schools.
Indian government around that time brought an evil law called Right to Education and permanently killed this concept. Running an open air school in India might get you jailed today.
When I homeschooling my sons, we went to zoos and museums and did a lot of hands-on stuff.
There was also a lot of reading, but not in place of hands-on learning.
Most kids should start working around 12 years old. The very motivated and intelligent can be identified by then and put into longer learning.
Those who start working should be able to go back to school if they have the desire and aptitude. Too many kids develop an intense hatred of school, caused by a combination of terrible teachers and poor quality peers. Experiencing more of the real world can provide an incentive to try hard in school before life brings them someplace else.
That really saddens me. From one perspective, nature is dying because nobody can be bothered to notice her (and thereby care about/for her) any more.
Pleasently surprised at a little piece of history I was unaware of.
Wow, that is a loaded statement that certainly has not aged well.