Skool vs Education

For a sizeable percentage of people, school doesn’t “work”. Not if you expect it to result in education, anyway.

I’ve mentioned before that many of my relatives work at government schools. One has recently retired, but has shifted into being a “substitute teacher”. His recent experiences are enlightening.

This past week he was substituting in a class of 8th graders– I don’t know how many kids are in the class, but average class size around here seems to be around 25 inmates. For the past 2 weeks they have been studying some particular math concept. Friday they were being tested on the concepts they had been exposed to. The test consisted of 5 different tables, each with 3 or 4 math problems. The kids were to go from table to table doing the problems.

Out of the entire class, only 3 even bothered to participate. The rest ignored the assignment (and the “teacher”) and sat and talked. The 3 who took the test all made 0%.

Now, maybe this isn’t typical. But even if it isn’t it seems obvious that to confuse schooling for education puts you on the wrong track.

Probably, the more important (to the criminals who control the schools, anyway) task of training people to think in terms of “authority”– even when the “authority” is defied– is taking root. I see that as harmful, and as yet another strike against kinderprison. “Authority” junkies would disagree.

And, I guess it’s also welfare daycare. To keep the little angels caged, and out of trouble to some extent.

But “education”?

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Kent McManigal

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