After attending school for six months, the five year old girl turned to her mother and said,
“You know Mum, I just don’t get school…..We have to stand in line in Alphabetical order. We can’t eat when we want to. We have to freeze like statues when they blow a whistle in the playground AND that’s just the rules I know about!”
It was then, that her mother knew school just wasn’t going to work for her daughter.
When our own daughter “Tried out” school she came home after four weeks and said,
“It feels like I have done something really bad and been sent to prison to be punished”,
that’s when we realised the experiment had failed.
In fifty years time, I believe as a society, we will look back at schools as they are now and shake our heads in disbelief (Okay, a lot of us do that already!). Schools are prisons for children, the only difference is that the children get to go home at the end of the day unless of course, they are boarders; they have to return to school dormitories with up to four kids to a room…hmmm, just like prison cells.
What, other institution in the real world makes you wear a uniform that has nothing to do with your profession, tells you when you can eat, when you can leave the room, when you can go outside to get fresh air, makes you ask permission to go to the toilet, dishes out punishments such as “Detention” (as in detention centre?). I have even heard of children being put in “Isolation”. And, let’s not forget in the U.S. children as young as eight years old, are being handcuffed by policemen.
Children are being forced to learn stuff they didn’t ask to learn and mostly, are not interested in.
Schools are committing human rights violation to millions of children every day, but society doesn’t act to stop it because we have been told it is normal. Is it any wonder a lot of young people are angry? By the time they have reached secondary school, children have suffered years of emotional abuse, been taught to suppress their true selves and if they don’t fit the “One size fits all” method, there is something wrong with them.
Schools are not about learning, they are about control….control of your children’s minds, hearts and bodies.
“Because schools suffocate children’s hunger to learn, learning appears to be difficult and we assume that children must be externally motivated to do it. As a society, we must own up to the damage we do to our children…in our families and in our schools. We must also be willing to make the sweeping changes in our institutions, public policies and personal lives that are necessary to reverse that harm to our children and to our society.” ~ Wendy Priesnitz