The education of our children is a foundation of our society. When an experienced teacher (John Gatto) who was named ‘New York City’s Teacher of the Year’ (the 2nd year in a row), in 1990, he used his acceptance speech to resign in protest at how bad the system is,
SHOULDN’T WE KNOW ABOUT THIS? SHOULDN’T WE BE LISTENING TO WHAT HE HAD TO SAY?
We think so, and are disappointed at how hard you need to search to find these kinds of intelligent critiques of our Education System. Here is one quote from Mr. Gatto and remember, he is a very experienced teacher accepting an award for being just such:
“The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders. This is a great mystery to me because thousands of humane, caring people work in schools as teachers and aides and administrators, but the abstract logic of the institution overwhelms their individual contributions.”
Here is a link to a transcript of his comprehensive speech, courtesy of the Natural Child Project http://www.naturalchild.org/guest/john_gatto.html
Mr Gatto has written lots of books about the problems with the American education system. Titles such as ‘Dumbing Us Down’ and ‘Weapons of Mass Instruction,’ are apt descriptions of a system that he shows, with very detailed research, was deliberately and rationally designed to create manageable workers and consumers.
Our kids need more choice and more guidance towards the choices that suit their unique skills.
As Albert Einstein said, everybody is a genius but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing its stupid.
One premise of our book series is that our youth are different and should be empowered to voice their ideas.
We think people need to urgently change the school system so it’s more flexible, more useful and much more fun.
As Mr Gatto said, it’s not the teachers. There are many great teachers and we salute them all….it’s the system and it needs to change, fast.
DavePBrown, aka Boyinaband, is a real life version of the amazing young people in our fiction series. Kids who see the need for constructive change and aren’t afraid to say so.
We were super impressed by his incredibly articulate views on Education. Firstly in his cool Rap Song,
and secondly, in the way he dealt with the Comments.
For example – Comment: “Just calm down and don’t take it too seriously.”
Dave’s response: “Yeah it’s only wasting years of time from every educated human on the planet, no big deal.”
Comment: “This is useless rhetoric.”
Dave’s response: “Here is an example of a sentence that perfectly describes itself.”
Dave’s eloquent assessment of, and response to, those for and against his views should be an example to the politicians doing their best to destroy our world. He should be compulsory viewing for all politicians and all of the administrators in the current system – which people assume should never be questioned.
We agree with Dave that people should suggest topics and the focus should be on those considered most useful and in demand.
Check out this clip and if you are not impressed, check your pulse.
DavePBrown aka ‘Boyinaband,’we at ‘It’s Our Earth Too’ support the kind of debate you encourage. If you message us at www.ItsOurEarthToo.com.au we would love to mail you Books 1 and 2 of our Trilogy.