Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Shocking Truth About Public Schools

Video produced from one who knows about what really goes on in public school - as he is a school aged person.

This young man has read John Taylor Gatto... among other writings.

There is hope if young people like him are beginning to wake up.


Anonymous said...

I understand what this speaker is saying, and I agree with most of his commentary. One of the things that bothers me, though, is his reference to “pointless concepts that have nothing to do with everyday lives” while flashing pictures of math equations on the screen. Rules of grammar change, history is rewritten, and gym class – well, gym is just learning how to shower in groups – but math is a “pure” discipline that teaches analysis AND provides a basis for figuring out useful junk that may benefit you later in life. I can calculate the height of a 100 foot tree using a protractor and a tape measure, do a calculation, and decide whether cutting it down will cause it to land on my house or not. That seems useful. I get the feeling this speaker is not strong in math.

Also, I also don’t get how this has been going on for as long as he states. I attended high school in the late 70’s and early 80’s, and I specifically remember watching and analyzing movies such as Cool Hand Luke, Fahrenheit 451, Jim Henson’s “The Cube,” and High Noon. The theme of the individual against society is pervasive throughout those films, and we were to take away the whole meme of “questioning authority” and developing our individual nature. We also read numerous books such as To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, the Oxbow Incident, etc. Was my high school the exception? I really want to know, because my oldest child is about to enter middle school. Oh, and I don't watch TV anymore.

Judy Aron said...

I agree that quadratic equations and other mathematical concepts are necessary.. however, that being said, I believe much material is presented in government schools in a very confusing way. Confusion is definitely part of the agenda to make kids feel inferior and unable to achieve learning that should, in fact, be quite easy. It is sad how many of our youth end up feeling "stupid" because of their school experiences. They are not encouraged to make mistakes and learn from them - rather they are afraid to make mistakes for fear of being penalized greatly. This creates "non risk takers" and kids who look for easy answers. We need instead a society of people who are encouraged to try and fail (like Edison) and who are willing to take risks and learn from their mistakes.
I have also seen that government schools do not promote reading of the classics anymore. They claim the literature is too difficult to understand... that the language is old-fashioned.. etc. They instead fill their curriculum with contemporary garbage and books that are depressing and "dark". It is no wonder that kids end up suicidal - just look at the trash that they are asked to read and then "evaluate".
Good for you for not watching TV. It's a total waste of time.

Anonymous said...

I believe that what the experts think school does for us is over estimated and that for the 10,000 hours of our youth that we spend in school it is 99% a terrible waste of time. Our children learn very little that will actually help them in the real world. Important concepts like managing debt well, balancing a checkbook, living on a budget, growing and preparing food, building a home or even repairing a home, are left to pure chance. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that schools should abandon traditional subjects like history, English and math. What I am saying is that the schools spend 12 years teaching these traditional subjects and about 20% of the students get anything from those years and years of wasted time while 100% of students do not get any instruction in important life skills.
Even the very smart students, the ones that go on to become doctors and scientists the ones who do indeed learn math and science will learn nothing that will help them survive and provide for their family in a post-SHTF world. And I can guarantee you that the 80% of students who don't go on to college and become doctors and scientists could not do quadratic equations 5 years after graduating. The only good news is they can work their whole life and never need algebra or calculus. But most of these "students" will overspend using their credit cards and be in debt most of their lives simply because they will remain clueless about household budgeting and preparing meals for the family for $5 a day etc.

Laura said...

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