♥ Our children go to school to be taught by people who have absolutely no idea about what our future could possibly look like.
♥ Our children study for jobs that do not exist yet.
♥ Our children cannot relate to the mediums used in schools because their outside world is increasingly technological. Chalk/white boards and lectures in the classroom; fast-feed internet, texting, music and tv at home.
♥ Everyone who has spent time in school knows that they learned more outside of school than inside. We grow up and jump right back into the same broken system that we have no faith in.
♥ The system failed us.
♥ The system is failing our children.
♥ The cycle continues.
I remember the time my kids spent in a Montessori school. It was only for one year, but at the end of their time there they had learned so much. Time creeps up on us all, and later on I found myself looking at my kids’ homework thinking, “You did this stuff in Montessori with no problems, and now you’re behind?!” The public system UNtaught my kids!
This is just the beginning. This is the part you can easily agree with and then talk casually with your friends about. The real meat and potatoes of this is below, if you’re hungry…
Find some time to look up Peter Gray. He is a research professor of psychology at Boston College, is a specialist in developmental and evolutionary psychology and author of an introductory psychology textbook, Psychology, now in its 5th edition. Another blogger before me has done a good deal of digging into Mr. Gray and this topic and wrote a great article about it here: http://encefalus.com/sociopolitical/school-sucks/. Something you’ll definitely want to read.
Children Educate Themselves IV: Lessons from Sudbury Valley
For forty years children have educated themselves at this school. Published on August 13, 2008
After reading anything by Peter Gray you find yourself with a whole new outlook on how we arrived where we are with schools. With that new paradigm, consider our next character, Sir Ken Robinson…
Sir Ken Robinson
Take a moment and look up Sir Ken Robinson. He challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.
Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies – far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity – are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. It’s a message with deep resonance. Robinson’s TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? “Everyone should watch this.”
2010 – Bring on the Learning Revolution! (TED)
2008 – Changing Paradigms (RSA Award)
2006 – Do Schools Kill Creativity? (TED)
Take what you learned from the men mentioned here and GO DO SOMETHING WITH IT!
Use it with your own kids. Be pro-active.