If you are reading this, or if you have been following this thread of posts, chances are you get exactly how broken the current public education model is. Understand that when I ask- who will fix the broken system.. I never meant.. fix the public school system. I meant, literally- how we educate our children. I don’t know that there is any fixing the good ship titanic of education. It is far too entrenched, and as noted, painting a house whose foundation is rotted and sinking. No one is looking at the basement/ foundation- and praising the pretty new colours on the walls.
My reason for writing this series– is to create the dialogue, about the importance of including the creative/ non-linear, human-spiritual–ecological aspects and connections. Without that.. the rest of educational reform is just window dressing and fresh paint. Here’s a question that hit me this morning: if school is soooo great and wonderful and the system has created such an amazing learning environment… why aren’t kids thrilled to be there, happy, healthy, and fully engaged- even over-coming their external life circumstances in the drive and hunger to learn and be part of it? Continue reading
Historically, Education was a privilege. It was also elective. Many parents on farms, gave their children basic instruction on reading and writing, and arithmetic.
At what point, did education shift from a right, to an enforced obligation? who came up with that brilliant idea?
Should education be required? What if it wasn’t? Continue reading
Here’s really good question on the failed-state of Education- who can initiate that change?
I imagine that it will emerge organically, by those for whom the system has failed.
Home schooling- may be one place where change will emerge. I think it used to be that most parents chose to home school for religious reasons ( which is their choice, and fine). I think more and more, parents are choosing to home school for a wider range of reasons: The quality and approach to public education, the lack of holistic approach and the watering down of curriculum- placing standardised testing and social conformity over actual learning and critical thinking. Continue reading
I was just chatting about the educational system. Someone noted that this is not anything new– the failed-state of education. It was failed a long time ago.. yep! Absolutely! it is like people in a house that should be condemned, moving the furniture around.. thinking that will improve circumstances.. and then they serve tea and cakes:)
Nope- definitely not new. but somehow it seems to be getting swept under the carpet a lot. Esp around the whole NCLB and testing/ competencies. you know who the testing benefits the most…? the corporations that produce the tests!
It never ceases to amaze me, whether it is schools, or national politics etc.. how blindly people will remain loyal to the sinking ship… it is a failed system for today’s needs. period. The model was developed to create functional workers who would then have a job for life, on the assembly line in manufacturing. THAT is the energetic paradigm. That economic model. It’s DEAD! .. Continue reading
I remember when I did my masters… we had one aspect where they wanted us to explore best practices in education, visit top models and talk to the experts… I noted 2 things.. 1- I was NOT going to go look at the best model of a failed system.. instead, I went to a place where kids had succeeded beyond expectations…
and 2.. gasp and shock.. I talked to the experts.. you know.. the kids! imagine that…
Kids are far more aware and savvy than teachers and schools give them credit for- and you’d be amazed at how much they will share when they know you are actually listening and not paying lip service.
btw- the school I visited for my Masters project was Simon’s Rock in Mass. It is/ was the first early college model in the country. Students usually enroll after tenth grade, and complete their associates degree and receive a High School diploma at that same time. Note that this is an actual college, with professors teaching from some of the most prestigious universities around the country. When I asked a History Professor if she had to scale her curriculum because she was working with younger students. She noted that she did. BUT, it was scaled UP. She noted that the younger students challenged her far more than students from an ivy league school where she had taught previously. Imagine that!
Now, lest anyone think this is a cherry-picked population and that they were privileged or highly gifted learners.. they might have been.. but what follows can readily refute and prejudice against the fullest potential of younger scholars… Continue reading