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Why Joshua won’t be going to school

02 Jul

This post is long overdue, the main reason being the depth of the topic. I find it difficult to know how to present my thoughts in a way that will be coherent for the readers. However, as I have had many opportunities to talk about this with friends and acquaintances, I think it’s time to put the fingers to the keys!

Mass schooling is a one-size-fits-all approach to education that is not intended to meet the needs or build on the strengths of individual students.

Mass schooling takes away from the parents their sacred responsibility to rear their children.

Schools are psychologically toxic environments for all their participants. Even those who appear to thrive in them tend to develop pathological perfectionism, subservient attitudes towards all authority figures, and/or a disdain for others whom they perceive as threats to their success. Dissent, that essential characteristic of all healthy societies, is punished in schools throughout the world.

Mass schooling “kidnaps” the children from their parents for 12 years to teach them things they aren’t likely to need in the future (history, geography, science).

Mass schooling forces children to learn certain things at certain times and in certain ways, and to regurgitate this information in certain formats. It deprives them of the opportunity to learn things when they’re interested in them.

Mass schooling is built on a number of faulty assumptions:

  • Children will not learn what they need to learn unless they are coerced or manipulated into doing so
  • Children are naturally inclined to be lazy and avoid learning tasks
  • Children are only interested in eating junk food, playing video games and engaging in other forms of entertainment.
  • You need to be professionally trained and qualified as a teacher to produce meaningful learning within a child
  • The curriculum devised by the education department represents the best possible educational approach for all children

Mass schooling saps away children’s creativity, and does so by design (see Sir Ken Robinson).

Mass schooling severs the emotional bond between parents and children.

Mass schooling immerses children in the most artificial environment on the planet, where they only get extremely limited choice as to whom they spend their time with, when they’re allowed to speak, what they’re allowed to say, and how much they’re allowed to develop their interests and talents.

Mass schooling is not an ideal environment for socialising, as most friendships there are transient and have little emotional weight, while the risks of segregation and bullying are very high.

Mass schooling attempts to force learning upon students, whereas learning is a natural, self-directed activity that almost defines humanity. Schools do this at the worst possible time of people’s lives: after their most active developmental learning period (4 years old); during the most turbulent and confusing period of their lives (puberty); and before they are mature enough to appreciate the value of education.

I could go on like this, the list of reasons continues to grow nearly weekly.

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5 responses to “Why Joshua won’t be going to school

  1. morningstarrambles

    July 2, 2012 at 5:06 am

    This is definitely something to contemplate! 🙂

     
  2. andahuff

    July 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Did you say that history, geography and science are unnecessary? And if so, why do you think that?

     
    • nicolasconnault

      July 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

      The vast majority of people on earth who have a lifestyle and occupation that is conducive to happiness do not require an extensive knowledge of history, geography, or science, and probably a host of other subjects that are compulsory at school.

      However, these subjects are extremely interesting and valuable in their own rights, and I would certainly never discourage anyone, especially children, from exploring them. In fact, I would make sure that my children are able to access resources, information and activities that expand their minds in time (history), space (geography) and other areas.

      What I’m arguing against is a set curriculum that forces children to study something they may never need, and in which they may not yet have developed a self-directed interest.

       
  3. Cassandra

    January 1, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Yes that ‘disdain for others’ – that competitive drive which makes people treat others awfully in order to surpass them in the eyes of the boss or other authority figure or to win popularity with other peers. It’s responsible for a lot of pain in the world! And I hate the assumptions that children are awful, lazy people unless coerced into an adult’s predetermined path for them. So far I’m finding my child, who has a great deal of autonomy over his life, is a motivated learner and naturally kind person!

     

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