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What is School For?

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That’s what Seth Godin, author of Linchpin and other books, is asking us in his blog post www.stopstealingdreams.com is ready to read and share.

Stop Stealing Dreams is a free book Godin wrote to get discussions around education reform going. Why did he do that? Because his readers ask him, “What do you think we ought to do about education?” more than any other question. Education reform is a hot topic that everyone should be interested in because everyone has to be in school at some point in their life (and yes, I’m including homeschool as a type of schooling).

So if you haven’t read it, check it out. But more than that tell someone about it. Start and/or continue a conversation of what education should be for everyone. I appreciate Godin’s efforts at asking us what education should be like because it is the 99%, the students, parents, and teachers, who should be deciding what education should be, not the super wealthy (they can already afford any type of education they want for their kids) or the legislators (you better believe that they are choosing the type of education they want for their children).

What are your thoughts? What is school for, for you and your kids?

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  1. maren_johnson

    Good point about the legislators choosing the type of education they want for their children. Did you see this? Senator Dan Swecker, during the state budget discussion, justifies cutting the Readiness to Learn Program which supports at-risk students in favor of spending money for prizes at county fairs.

    His reasoning–he homeschooled his children, so for students like his, fairs are more important than public schools. “It is important to realize that some people benefit more from fairs than they do from our public education system. My son never attended a single day of public school in his life.” I like fairs too, and my son has been involved in 4-H the fair, but, really? More important than public education? Oh yeah, and in the final senate vote that night, fair prizes prevailed over the Readiness to Learn program for at-risk public school students.

    Swecker speaks at 3:12
    http://tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2012030045D#start=10788&stop=11856

  2. Dalton Jackson

    It’s a good question.

    I think in an ideal world, school should facilitate children becoming who and whatever it is they want to be. We should work on helping them to discover and then become their ideal selves.

    I’m curious as to why we demand that they learn certain esoteric, field-specific academic concepts that most of them will never need – but then don’t teach them the definition and implications of consumer debt or how to interpret basic statistical claims.

    For any of your readers who haven’t seen it, there’s a great video on this very topic by Sir Ken Robinson:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

  3. Alfonso Gonzalez

    I wonder if we didn’t have high stakes, standardized testing if we would be able to offer kids more choice. We force feed many of the concepts to help kids do well on a one-day-a-year, hit or miss test. It’s awful. I do believe in exposing kids to multiple ideas so they can find things they can be passionate about but they do need some choice so they can pursue their childhood passions.

    Thanks for the Sir Ken youtube link, Dalton. It’s definitely worth the watch.

  4. Alfonso (Al) Gonzalez

    I wonder if we didn’t have high stakes, standardized testing if we would be able to offer kids more choice. We force feed many of the concepts to help kids do well on a one-day-a-year, hit or miss test. It’s awful. I do believe in exposing kids to multiple ideas so they can find things they can be passionate about but they do need some choice so they can pursue their childhood passions.

    Thanks for the Sir Ken youtube link, Dalton. It’s definitely worth the watch.

  5. Alfonso (Al) Gonzalez

    I, for one, am really tired of those “in power” choosing what’s best for them or the minority (who’s heard the super rich called that before?) instead of choosing what’s best for the most children!

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