Another Reason School Isn’t Working (Seth Godin)

I find it fascinating that there are so many angles, arguments and reasons why our current system of public education is not what children need. Here’s another take, from Seth Godin, famous blogger, entrepreneur, marketing leader and author.

“Do you see the disconnect here? Every year, we churn out millions of workers who are trained to do 1925 labor….

As we get ready for the 93rd year of universal public education, here’s the question every parent and taxpayer needs to wrestle with: Are we going to applaud, push or even permit our schools (including most of the private ones) to continue the safe but ultimately doomed strategy of churning out predictable, testable and mediocre factory-workers?

As long as we embrace (or even accept) standardized testing, fear of science, little attempt at teaching leadership and most of all, the bureaucratic imperative to turn education into a factory itself, we’re in big trouble.

The post-industrial revolution is here. Do you care enough to teach your kids to take advantage of it?”

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6 Responses to “Another Reason School Isn’t Working (Seth Godin)”

  1. Lori says:

    You should at least make sure your children learn as much as other kids learn in school. At least. Less is not more.

    • Matt says:

      I put sunscreen on my children before I let them play out in the blazing sun. Less sun exposure is better.
      I let my children eat chocolate cake on special occasions or as a treat. Less chocolate is better.
      My children watch movies and television programs that I think are valuable and worthwhile. Less TV is better.
      Filling your body, your mind, or your soul with poison, even if it tastes sweet, is not good for you. Less IS sometimes more.

  2. Cindy says:

    Public education is obsolete. It’s about time somebody noticed. Oh, wait….

    • Word Warrior says:

      :-D Don’t you find it comforting that so many others, from so many different schools of thought and backgrounds are finally catching up to what homeschoolers have realized for a long time? I think we might get somewhere if all these “smart” people keep talking.

  3. Kelly L says:

    Very good point! We’ve noticed how exasperating it is to deal with people in the workforce. They cannot even make logical assumptions and decisions because they are outside of what they have been told to do. It seems they enjoy it too, all to happy to call over a manager to make the same decision they could easily make. I know many times they are not allowed to, but that is part of the indoctrination of school too. No one is allowed to think for themselves except the “higher ups.”

    At least the kids who are taught to think will be running the world soon. ;)

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