Friday, October 12, 2012

Are schools injurious to health?

Found a really nice article on education by John Taylor Gatto. (This one is so similar to what Dr. Matthijs wrote, Are schools injurious to health? in the book Child & adolescent mental health). 

Mr. Gatto got NewYork State teacher of the award for 1989, 1990 & 1991. He has spoken of 'The Psychopathic School' which 'Dumb Us Down'. And the 'Seven-Lessons' that are taught in all public schools by all teachers in America (I guess everywhere in modern world), whether they know it or not. 

1. Confusion: Schools presents an incoherent ensemble of information that the child needs to memorize to stay in school. Apart from the tests and trials that programming is similar to the television, it fills almost all the "free" time of children. One sees and hears something, only to forget it again.

2. Class position: One comes to know their place, and learn to envy and fear the better and have contempt for the dumb.

3. Indifference: When the bell rings, drop whatever they have been doing and move to next.

4. Emotional dependency: With stars & red checks, smiles & frowns, children learn to surrender their will to a predestinated chain of commands.

5. Intellectual dependency: To wait for better trained other people for making meaning of their own lives. And also to learn to think with minimum resistance and some enthusiasm, the way it is assigned to them. 

6. Provisional self-esteem: It teaches them a kind of self confidence that requires constant confirmation by experts of their worth through report cards.

7. They cannot hide: Because they are constantly watched, supervised, and denied any privacy ... for they cannot be trusted.

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