The children I teach are materialistic, following the lead of schoolteachers who materialistically "grade" everything - and television mentors who offer everything in the world for free.
That leaves them hours a week out of which to fashion a self. The children I teach are uneasy with intimacy or candor. I use as much of it as I can manage in my own teaching, as much, that is, as I can get away with given the present institution of compulsory schooling.
In fact, the name "community" hardly applies to the way we interact with each other.
In Manhattan fifty per cent of all new marriages last less than five years. The deleted material, the board said, did not comply with a new state law requiring public schools to teach abstinence until marriage in their comprehensive health education program for students in kindergarten through ninth grade.
That leaves 12 hours a week out of which to create a unique consciousness.
Gatto once ran for the New York State Senate on the Conservative Party ticket, and some of his ideas are quite traditional: I think soft skills are more important than most of what our children are taught. They live in a continuous present; the exact moment they are in is the boundary of their consciousness.
Good for kids, good for the rest of us.
My children attend school 30 hours a week, use about 6 hours getting ready, going and coming home, and spend an average of 7 hours a week in homework - a total of 45 hours.
The children I teach are cruel to each other; they lack compassion for misfortune, they laugh at weakness, and they have contempt for people whose need for help shows too plainly.
The paucity of training and in-service opportunities means that some teachers have not had an opportunity to resolve their own tensions and anxieties about the issues they are expected to discuss with students. In this model, both parties think of themselves as a team to come up with mutually satisfying solutions.
Choosing the Best,op. A short time ago, I paid seventy dollars and sent a twelve-year-old girl with her non-English-speaking mother on a bus down the New Jersey coast.
Last month the education press reported the amazing news that children schooled at home seem to be five, or even ten years ahead of their formally trained peers in their ability to think.
Out of the hours in each week, my children sleep This is a great mystery to me, because thousands of humane, caring people work in schools as teachers and aides and administrators, but the abstract logic of the institution overwhelms their individual contributions.
Louis Harris and Associates,p. Now, here is a curious idea to ponder:Earn your education degree online or on-campus – and prepare for career. I don't think we'll get rid of schools anytime soon, certainly not in my lifetime, but if we're going to change what is rapidly becoming a disaster of ignorance, we need to realize that the school institution "schools" very well, but it does not "educate" - that's inherent in the design of the thing.
Class size matters! Even if state education departments and communities were to support critical thinking tomorrow, it would all be for nothing in overcrowded classes. Not only are large classes the bane of education, but they are also the intended result of strategic underfunding by government.
But of the schools that serve high school students across the state, about half enroll fewer than 25 high school students—so creating a stand-alone physics course is often just not feasible. "We have village K schools that have literally two or three high school students," said Eric Fry, an information officer for the Alaska education department.
Apr 12, · Why Don't We Teach Life Skills in our Schools? So why don't we incorporate some of these things into our educational system at a much younger age?
Communication Public Schools Education. John Taylor Gatto: Um, wow. By Dan Meyer • October 29, • 11 Comments Try not to contract an acute case of self-loathing reading John Taylor Gatto’s Why Schools Don’t Educate, a speech in which we are all agents of a system which subjugates students emotionally, physically, and intellectually.Download