July 15, 2011 | Filed Under Education
When it comes to education, my theory is that it’s best to let kids manufacture themselves. Let their natural curiosity drive their education. Let the amazing world they inhabit be their primary source of information. And sure, I’m all for formal, sit and focus based education too. It has it’s place. But it is not the whole of education. Kids need to be allowed to explore and be taught how to think, not just taught what to think.
I am no longer interested in sending my boys to public schools. For more than one reason. Here are a few off the top of my head:
1. Kids are taught what to think, rather than how to think
2. Most public schools are built around female behavior and female learning tendencies. This imposes the virtues of one gender onto the other gender, and creates a sense of displacement and alienation and 2nd class citizenship for boys.
3. Boys are systematically being turned off to education because their imaginations are being censored*
4. Most public schools do not teach kids to explore and be curious.
5. Most public schools teach kids how to sit still and lead sedentary lives. With obesity at epidemic levels, who the hell wants their kids to sit still?
6. Most public schools teach to standardized tests and memorization while stifling natural curiosity.
7. Most public schools do not teach kids to ask questions or to be critical or to discover
8. Most public schools have turned into government instituted, lowest-common-denominator babysitting factories
9. Most public schools teach boys that their (fidgety) behavior is not appropriate – when it is the schools who should be structuring male learning around natural male behavior.
10. Most public schools never teach kids important skills like gardening/farming or money management or how to fix things or how to build things or how to run a business
11. Kids are taught to be powerless: to receive information like they receive television, as passive observers. They are not enabled to engage this wonderful world, to take smart risks, to explore.
12. Education takes place in a vacuum. It is not grounded in the student’s environment and surroundings and daily life and so it feels very disembodied and irrelevant.
* see the documentary Raising Cain