Not shown in the video, but boring education is particularly bad for boys.
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The ramifications of this are already noticed, and will be getting worse for years to come. How bad it will get, who knows.
Boys learn through interacting, being shown and mimicking, mentoring. Through tactile exploration. Action based. We learn by doing.
Today’s education plants them in a desk, be quiet and read/study on your own. It’s a girls world.
Excellent video. Really loved the animations and the graphics. He raises an excellent point about medicating children. But I am not convinced that the schools and methods of teaching are the main problems. Sure some (a very small minority) of kids are truly difficult.
In the UK at least, there is such an inverse snobbery to private schooling, meritocracy and raising standards. They want/engineer all students to have high grades, thus devaluing the grades and the competitive instinct of the students.
They want the entire population to be schooled and brainwashed by teachers who are usually not particularly good, very PC, very left wing and usually women. On top of that even if a teacher wants to genuinely take an interest and raise curiosity and promote independent thinking, they are saddled with huge number of tick boxes which have to be ticked to then claim that the children have met a particular standard. They cant discipline the children who in turn know that they can claim harassment the moment the teacher does anything mildly harsh. Hence you have zombified teachers too.
The main problem is the state. It has actively encouraged a huge number of people to have children who dont really want them or want to parent them properly. These people have children an economic incentive (better housing, free benefits, free schooling, free healthcare, free school meals) to have as many children as possible one after the other to keep the gravy train rolling. They do not take any responsibility for their child’s development or education (even if they were able to). instead they use the schools, tvs, video games as babysitting services. On top of that is corporatism, promoting the products and services of pharmas, doctors, and other agencies. What a great revenue stream which is constant and rising.
In the end the school to some extent is a essentially a ‘one size fits all’ principle. It is all well and good to say that each child has different needs and should be catered for. All that costs too much, takes a lot of time to analyse and then implement. besides a child needs to adjust too as it has to do in the real world. What a child needs is good parents who take an interest in education of the child beyond the school. When i talk to the children of my friends, all they do for homework is research on the internet and copy stuff to write essays. there are schools in england where everyone was given and ipad (needless to say many were broken by the end of the year). This to me is also a problem. It is easy to teach the core subjects using textbooks and a black board. you need a good teacher and a child who has to realise that not everything is about keeping him/her from being bored. This obsession with preventing the child from being instructed to knuckle down and concentrate and instead worrying about them being bored is another huge problem. using these technology aids does not do anything to aid education at a fundamental level.
When i have gone on holidays with other families with children, the primary concern of the parents was the keep the child from being bored. As though going to a new place and seeing new things was not enough to ‘entertain’ their child. instead the child had to have his video game handheld console and access to a television to keep him from getting ‘bored’. This is the other scale of parenting where both parents are constantly pandering, coddling and bribing the child to do things they should be expected to do anyway.
god, I have rambled on a lot. sorry about that. again great video.
What do you think can be done about this?
The wonder of boys: http://cainesarcade.com/about/
And what one man did about this imaginative 9 year old boy who was otherwise bored at school: The Imagination Foundation: http://www.imagination.is/
To me a school is a place where children have an environment to interact and be social with others, i.e. get out of the protective cocoon of their house and learn to survive in the world outside. It is where they should be taught the core subjects of english, maths, sciences etc along with physical sports and practical activities (for eg, sewing, wood working, craft, music etc). Essentially you give them some education so that they are functional in language and maths skills and are exposed to other non academic activities as well. This way a child grows up knowing what he is good at and what he is not good at, if he is academic or non academic and can make an informed choice for his career or further education.
I firmly believe that the parents of a child should be the ones who should be fully involved with their child’s education and upbringing and motivation. That means that parents should take a greater interest in setting up their own schools (this happens now in the UK where groups of parents make a proposal and get funding to set up a school which meets their values and needs. but the teachers and their unions are opposed to this and call it elite and for rich kids when it is not the case) and driving the education of their child as per their values.
What i am trying to say is that a school is just a blunt instrument and has its uses but it is up to the parents to hone this instrument and use it to nurture their child. no amount of funding or state directives will/can look after the interests of a child and its needs better than a parent.
I grew up confused about what I should do at college. All different things, political science, english, history, international relations, business management.
My father insisted on Engineering. He said that it is a reliable degree that is recognized everywhere, I resisted, but I was confused. Eventually, I pulled through Engg.
Last week, I called him and said ‘What you said during that time, you were right about EVERYTHING.’
If I have a child, I will encourage, against all other influences, her to think from a selfish, logical and RIGHT-WING perspective.
Greatness starts from home.
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