Mindful Mondays: School

Thursday is Monday for now. Sorry! (If you haven’t read, I’m now going to post my thoughts on serious issues on Monday. Originally it was going to be Wednesday, but I am busy on that day.)

Anyways, let’s discuss school. Some kids love school, and others don’t. They view the confines of desks, lockers, and school supplies as a prison:

Yeah, and studies show the traditional school system doesn’t do much good to most kids, and often the worst kids in the class are actually geniuses. The traditional school system is not based on scientific research, like most people think. Years and years ago, the school system was very similar to the school system of today. The traditional school system was created by Protestants (no offense to Protestants, and I have nothing against them) during the Reformation, to teach kids to learn the Bible and respect authority.

Does this mean that kids must respect authority even if they engage in child abuse? In a lot of schools, while it isn’t really classified as child abuse, many adults abuse their position. But Obama and the Secretary of Education (in America) love the traditional school system that they are fighting for longer school days. (I have nothing against them either because I voted for Obama, and I’m independent.) I understand that what with all the money and budget cut matters, and an overpopulation of kids that don’t have the opportunities to go to school, this would seem the most sensible thing to do.

This, however, would be damaging the kids because this is the wrong way to educate kids. Lots of people are trying to reform the school system, and have before–think of Montessori, etc. People think that the traditional school system is to get kids used to the way college rolls. But it seldom offers kids the skills needed to live in the real world. There’s a fine line between familiarization and preparation. The Common Core standards want to change that, but it doesn’t change that much. Kids have told me that it takes getting used to, but the Common Core doesn’t change the school system much. Some states have not even adopted the Common Core. (This is America that I’m talking about. If you’re poking in from India, Canada, England, Trinidad and Tobago, etc., the Common Core is something nationwide in America that aims to help kids get a job anywhere and make sure that everyone is learning the same thing in the same way, no matter the location.)

There are schools sprinkled over the globe based on the Sudbury Model where kids are free to do anything they want provided that they don’t break the rules. They are direct-democratic, and they gently and playfully teach kids the skills they need to live in the real world.

However, they are private schools. In the midst of budget cuts and money matters and politics surrounding education, what do we do? Question prevails.


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