March 1, 2011 1:28 PM
Education: harmful to kids' creative thinking
Very interesting.. . .
Thanks for sharing this. This sums up my feelings about modern education!
Posted by: Kristina | March 1, 2011 2:58 PM
This is exactly why I'm so ambivalent about placing my child into public education.
My mom's a teacher in a public school (middle school) and she complains about how standardized testing takes up about 2 months out of her year. Two whole months of education wasted in test preparation! And people wonder why our education system is failing.
Posted by: Sarah | March 1, 2011 5:38 PM
This is a really good video. It also makes me wonder about the ADHD issue and how it grows the farther east you go. Part of me wonders if some of this is because of the larger populations along the east coast and the lack of space children have there to run and play. I know you have made comments in the past critical about people and their large houses that are being built, but I love the space of my house. When I was growing up my parents would just send me and my sister outside and we would freely roam our suburban neighborhood with other neighborhood children. However in this day and age that is just not safe to do. That means finding things for kids to do inside or close to home, especially during winter. Iâ€™ve found my large basement an answer to prayer in giving my children a safe place to jump and climb and play. Children need safe spaces to run and play, but our society has created less and less of that and I feel thus increasing the need for medication to anesthetize these children. Iâ€™m not sure there is a good solution for this since it would take an entire overhaul of our society and its values and that does not seem very realistic.
Posted by: Diane | March 2, 2011 2:32 PM
I'm in a bachelor's program right now, studying to become an elementary school teacher, and I also have three of my four kids in the public school system (the youngest is too young). For this reason, I'm probably viewing this from a different perspective than many here. What I find most interesting is that I've been learning about this in my classes, about all the reforms that don't work and why they don't work. The text continuously tells the reader to remember that people on both sides of these issues mean well and really think they are doing what best for the kids. I'm not so sure I agree with that statement, but I'm glad to see the text addressing why the reforms don't work. And this video made some very interesting points. I especially loved the one about cheating if it's done in school, collaboration if it's done in the real world. More and more teachers are understanding this, and developing lesson plans based on collaborative assignments....until it's time to teach to the test again.
Posted by: Vida | March 3, 2011 8:04 AM