Sunday, November 22, 2015

Preparing Our Children for a Grim Future By Insuring They Are Unhappy in School

When I look at educational programs designed for public school children, especially children in high poverty neighborhoods, almost all of them seem punitive and socially isolating. They involve monitoring students education progress through computers and tests and requiring them to sit in one place for long periods of time, all to get students ready for a future where they going to be asked to work in conditions which are equally alienating and isolating.
Clearly most policy makers imagine a grim future for most of our school children and are trying to get them ready for that through creating a grim present
Think I am exaggerating?
Then ask yourself, where are the Congressional bills promoting recess, play, arts, sports and, school trips or encouraging schools to nurture mechanical skills.
Why are there are no programs giving incentives for teachers to spend a lifetime in the profession and live in the communities they teach in
The vision of education being project in the halls of Congress and our state legislatures is is joyless, painful and isolating
I don't know about you but that sounds an awful lot like child abuse..