Changing Schools for Better Education

The least we can ask of our schools is that they not destroy the natural love for learning that our children bring into the first grade. Unfortunately, it would be hard to find a more effective method of destruction than that used in today's schools: Children are placed in peer groups all too eager to ridicule differences that raise their fears about taking risks. They are drilled with facts and rules that indicate to them that there are experts in the world who know stuff, and that the student's job is to simply absorb what these experts have to say. Their interests are disregarded so that they learn to believe their interests must not be very important. They are ranked frequently enough to be instilled with the idea that they are not very smart, or they embark on a mission to seek the official approval that comes from parroting back the official answers.

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