Saturday, April 30, 2016

Education Soap Box

Soap box.

This is where our American exceptionalism causes blind spots in the vision of our country. Finland is just one of many countries that are doing education better than us. And they did this turn around powerfully and quickly. We are fools if we don't look at what other countries are doing successfully and see what we can learn and implement in our country. There are examples of some schools in the US that are doing things like this and showing positive changes.

We are failing our children and our country with our currently accepted educational model. Educated children make educated adults who then make educated decisions as law makers and leaders. We need this. Our reliance on military might and our immense economy to define us as a world leader is floundering. Our ability to force others to see and treat us as "special" is crumbling.

I wonder why we now see this phenomenon of our children hating school. Some like to call them entitled and spoiled and in some instances I am sure that is true. It's human nature for some people to be that way. The bigger problem I see is that the educational system does not treat them as dynamic, evolving humans. There are amazing teachers who do and they are the people who are saving the children from a system that is set up to dehumanize them, even if that is not the plan, that is what happening. These children know it could be better and they are fighting for that by controlling the only thing they can control, themselves and their minds. They check out and refuse to participate.

One of the things I have learned from my son is to follow his lead. He knows what works for him. How do I know this? Because he succeeds when I let him show me what he needs. This does not mean that he gets to do whatever he wants. I say no to him more than any other person on this planet. What it means is that I trust his inherent intelligence. All children have this inherent intelligence, that's what playing helps to grow. We need to use their intelligence for them/with them to have successful educated children.

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