What’s Wrong with Schools Anyway?

Sometimes we feel a little awkward about doing something that such a small percentage of other people are doing. It can make us glamorize some of the experiences we may have had in school, or at least tell ourselves, "It wasn't that bad." But look through a few of these articles. Watch the videos. Remind yourself of the reality.

And before everyone goes nuts saying this is a terrible school-bashing page, I didn't make this stuff up! This is a reality check for many people. Sure, some people are perfectly fine with their school scenario - awesome. And there are TONS of websites to support that line of thinking. Most teachers DO try hard. But for those who don't - what about the kids exposed to them? Personally, I can only remember one or two good teachers. And knowing how long I was in school, that's not enough to tip the scales. And it's one of the reasons we chose to leave the school system.

What's Wrong with Schools Anyway-

“…the idea of special learning places where nothing but learning happens no longer seems to me to make any sense at all. The proper place and best place for children to learn whatever they need or want to know is the place where until very recently almost all children learned it–in the world itself, in the mainstream of adult life.”

“We made a terrible mistake when (with the best of intentions) we separated children from adults and learning from the rest of life, and one of our most urgent tasks is to take down the barriers we have put between them and let them come back together.” – John Holt

The truth about schools....

Sometimes it helps to take off those rose-colored glasses and schools for what they really are. This is our collection of articles and videos that remind people about why so many families are walking away from their school system.
Show me the truth.

 

AMERICA'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE NO LONGER SERVING THE PUBLIC
Daniel Lattier - Intellectual TakeOut | February 7, 2017

 

3 DESTRUCTIVE THINGS SCHOOL TAUGHT YOU
WITHOUT YOU EVEN REALIZING IT

Mark Manson | June 3, 2015


FACTORY MODEL SCHOOLS

Wikipedia


10 THINGS WRONG WITH WHAT KIDS LEARN IN SCHOOLS

Valerie Strauss  | April 2, 2014

 

WELL, DUH! TEN OBVIOS TRUTHS WE SHOULDN'T IGNORE
Alfie Kohn | American School Board Journal  - April 2011


HAS SCHOOL CHANGED?
Sara - Happiness is Here | October 11, 2O16


IS TRUMP'S VICTORY THE JUMPSTART CIVICS EDUCATION NEEDED?
Richard D. Kahlenberg and Clifford Janey | The Atlantic

 

EARLY ACADEMIC TRAINING PRODUCES LONG TERM HARM
Peter Gray | Psychology Today


HOW EARLY ACADEMIC TRAINING RETARDS INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT

Peter Gray | Psychology Today


A THOUSAND RIVERS

Carol Black | Schooling the World

 

HARNESSING CHILDREN'S NATURAL WAY OF LEARNING
Luba Vangelova | KQED News Mind/Shift


IS THE AMERICAN SCHOOL SYSTEM DAMAGING OUR KIDS?
Peter Gray | Reader's Digest

 

HOW THE NEW PRESCHOOL IS CRUSHING KIDS
Erika Christakis | The Atlantic


HOW DOES SCHOOL WOUND: KIRSTEN OLSON HAS COUNTED SOME WAYS
Peter Gray | Psychology Today


HOMESCHOOLING BECAUSE OF BULLYING?
Ann Zeise | A2Z Homeschooling


OUR KIDS DON’T NEED F@*#ING PEDAL DESKS, THEY NEED RECESS
Maria Guido | Scary Mommy

 

DEAR SCHOOL, IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU.
Teach from the Heart


THE PUBLIC SCHOOL NIGHTMARE: WHY FIX A SYSTEM DESIGNED TO DESTROY INDIVIDUAL THOUGHT?
John Taylor Gatto  | Films for Action

 

And then This...


No one wants to dwell on it, but these things really happened. True, the majority of schools are not like this. But for these families - and unfortunately many more like them, this is their reality.

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