Monday, 6 February 2017

why schools don't produce well-educated minds

Why are school children doing so badly?
Jay Doubleyou: the most schooled generation in history is miserable

Or: why are school children doing so well at school but not in the 'real world'?
Jay Doubleyou: good exam results won't get you a good job

John Taylor Gatto has looked at this:
Jay Doubleyou: the purpose of education: from china to prussia to the united states
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Celebrated Teacher 

Explains Why Schools 

Don't Produce 

Well-Educated Minds

Annie Holmquist
In recent years, a number of Americans have been awakening to the realization that today’s children are not receiving a high-quality education. The nation’s test scores in everything from reading to science are evidence of that.
But while many Americans now recognize what a good education is not, many are unsure exactly what it is.
Former New York school teacher of the year John Taylor Gatto once answered that question in his book Weapons of Mass InstructionAccording to Gatto, the sign of a well-educated mind is one that can make connections and is connected to four different things:
  1. Connected to Different Human Styles
  2. Connected to Complex Experiences
  3. Connected to Intellectual Ideas
  4. Connected to Itself (i.e. self-knowledge)
These four connections, Gatto noted, are not a part of the normal educational system. In fact, today’s education system seeks to do just the opposite:
School disconnects, as it was charged to do. It is Caesar’s "divide and conquer" strategy brought to peak efficiency. Children are divided from their families, their traditions, their communities, their religions, their natural allies – other children – their interests and on ad infinitum. They are, as Walter Lippman deplored, disconnected from the entire Western intellectual tradition which gave societies the greatest gift of personal liberties they had ever seen, disconnected from the experiences of risk-taking and adventure in which the grand discoveries of history have been fashioned; young men and women emerge from school unable to do much of anything …
The “disconnection” strategies of public schools are almost the exact opposite of those practiced by homeschool families, who, incidentally, seem to be doing quite well when it comes to churning out well-educated minds.
Given that, perhaps it’s time we stop pretending the public school system can be the surrogate parents for the nation’s children. Perhaps children have been provided with the best educators they can have from the moment they were born.
Republished from Intellectual Takeout.

Celebrated Teacher Explains Why Schools Don't Produce Well-Educated Minds | Foundation for Economic Education

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