Glenn C. Koenigover 1 year ago
This is a hard one. On the one hand, we've known for years that the current public school system, in most places, stifles creativity and dumbs down our youth. Look back to John Hold, or recently to Sir Ken Robinson. We know that the 'factory model has been in place, more or less, for a long time, in spite of this knowledge. Why?
I say it's because of fear throughout our society. I don't blame the president alone for this. Nor do I blame any other small group of public officials or rich folks. I don't blame anybody, as a matter of fact.
What I hope we can do is challenge the current system as a whole, and move from fear (if we don't regiment our kids, they will goof off and never learn anything) to trust (if we support our kids, provide them with good models, create a good environment, encourage collaborative learning as well as solo efforts, etc.). Our only mistake, perhaps, is forgetting how incredibly intelligent, creative, energized, and dedicated to learning our children already are! And stop pretending that we have to lay a grid of structure and competition onto them just to facilitate "an education."