Saturday, November 22, 2003

A member of a group I belong to posted something about "fixing" the public schools.

And so I am thinking again about how impossible it is to "fix" a system that, by mere virtue of it's existence, cannot be fixed.

As long as education is enforced, it cannot be called learning. As long as children are educated by the state, it cannot be supportive of the family unit. As long as kids are required to sit still for hours and hours on end, at desks, listening to teachers and reading proscribed materials, they are not learning to learn. They are learn to be fed data.

One may as well simply set them in front of the television set.

John Taylor Gatto has one of the sanest viewpoints I've ever heard on the subject of children and learning. John Taylor Gatto.