When I was a kid we were made to learn cursive, do long math, use a physical dictionary and memorize spelling lists for years, and years, and years…the technology wasn’t available to rely on spell check or typing in general (far too much lack in portability at the time)… I mean really, desktop computers were actually the size of desktops and they were a mere blocky low-resolution reality at the time. So, does that make it the best method for today’s children? Why would we subject our children to learning in such an outdated way? (That probably should be a rhetorical question…. with a big fat NO! attached.) A better question in fact might be, why are we still subjecting them to countless hours, make those years of needless study?
I want my children, our children (the children of our world) to have learning rich environments. Not the kind that creates discontentment, anger, and an ever-increasing population of medicated children. The focus of the educational system currently in place hasn’t changed much since it was founded; yet our world has changed drastically. The daily lives and needs of our great grandparents are vastly different from our lives and the lives of our children. It seems only reasonable to place different values on the style, variety, and techniques of our educational system based on our current reality. This is not to suggest that learning basic arithmetic, spelling and grammar should be forfeited, but rather given their proper place. The biggest changes I currently see are art, gym, and music type classes being cut while common core classes are made out to be all the rage.
Sitting here thankful to have children who pushed the limits in school (and in life)…And said no we just can’t take it anymore! Because it wasn’t until they started dropping out that I realized I want to have no part of supporting such a dysfunctional educational system. Don’t take it the wrong way it’s not the teacher’s fault, there are AMAZING teachers out there, but they are also caught in the trap!
To be continued…Now that we have stated the problem, next time we will look at the solution set.
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