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missing it

you are missing it

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So many good people are trying to fix/change/improve the world. Education reform alone is spending quadrillions of dollars/hours/joules. We are busy people.

But what if we’re not being careful/watchful/mindful – and we are missing it.

What if, by not questioning the very essence of this 100 ish year old tradition/mandate, we currently call school, we are missing us.

What if the biggest culprit in all this is that we assume/accept compulsion/coercion. [for perhaps 90% of all people, giving up 7 hours a day, for 12 + years]

What if John Holt is spot on..

Children do not need to be made to learn to be better, told what to do or shown how. If they are given access to enough of the world, they will see clearly enough what things are truly important to themselves and to others, and they will make for themselves a better path into that world then anyone else could make for them.

The requirement that a child go to school for about 6 hours a day, 180 days a year, for about 10 years, whether or not he learns anything there, whether or not he already knows it or could learn it faster or better somewhere else, is such a gross violation of civil liberties that few adults would stand for it. But the child who resists is treated as a criminal.     

What if we simply realize/acknowledge/question the compulsory piece of public education.

Perhaps compulsory ed/school is:

1\ holding up our most brilliant minds/resources in these spaces we call school (for 7 hrs a day)

[ie: imagine all the people connected to public ed today, this day/month/year, being freed up to find/do/be what matters to them. perhaps we would end up with 7 billion meredith/jack/et al's creating betterness.]

2\ perpetuating #1

[ie: imagine a turtle. perhaps we keep drugging/numbing/missing ourselves enough today, to perpetuate/keep-on drugging/numbing/missing ourselves tomorrow.]

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script following clip:

Moira Banning: [after throwing Peter's cell phone out the window] I’m sorry about your deal.

Peter Banning: You hated the deal.

Moira Banning: I hated the deal, but I’m sorry you feel so badly about it. Your children love you, they want to play with you. How long do you think that lasts? Soon Jack may not even want you to come to his games. We have a few special years with our children, when they’re the ones that want us around. After that you’re going to be running after them for a bit of attention. It’s so fast Peter. It’s a few years, and it’s over. And you are not being careful. And you are missing it.

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experimenting with the intersection of city and school. http://about.me/monika_hardy

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2 thoughts on “missing it

  1. A couple of weeks ago, I was allowed to watch my 4-year old grandson at his drum lessons. I remember the teacher turning to me and saying, ” he is pretty good at following the beats on the lesson page, but I have never seen somebody so young do this..” At that point, he told my grandson, he had 5 minutes to “freestyle and just play”. The next thing I see is this incredible riff put down by a 3 foot tall little man that absolutely rivals any drum solo I have ever seen or heard. I asked him where he learned to play like that and he said he did not learn it he just likes to play. I turned my head and cried because he was starting preschool the following week and I seriously doubt anybody is going to ask him to “just play”

    Posted by Tim McClung | September 3, 2013, 1:43 pm

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