In my last post, “Does School Harm Families”, I had mentioned how I think much of what is learned in school is not necessary for a successful life and I wanted to expound on that thought a bit. The periodic table as an example comes to mind. Unless you go on to study the sciences for an advanced degree, do you need to memorize the symbol for Curium(CM), or Krypton(Kr) –if you’re not looking to reach Superman’s native planet– or Mendelevium(Md)? I would suggest that the average child does not need this information AND I wonder how much time and creative potential is wasted cramming these useless factoids into our brains especially given the world we live in today.Learn More
As the final days of my kids time in formal school come to a close, I’m struck with just how much I think my son’s time in school has damaged our relationship and I wonder to what effect the school system plays a role in our increasing societal woes.
“M” is currently in the second grade but it was clear within weeks of him starting kindergarten there was a problem. I remember vividly what his kindergarten teacher said to me, “There are kids who fit in the box; They love the box and do well there. Then there are kids who think outside the box. Then there are kids who say, ‘why do I even need a box?!’ and your son is in that third category!”Learn More
I peer over the edge into the blue abyss below. I’m terrified… my legs are shaking… I want to turn back but I can’t turn around. There is a line of kids on the ladder. If I turn around, I’ll surely be subjected to a rousing session of scorn and ridicule that would be customary for the gang of kids I hung around with in my formative years. As I stood at the edge of the high dive, there was only one choice… close my eyes, hold my breath, and jump.Learn More