New School Year

“Most people were raised to think they are not worthy. School is a process of taking beautiful kids who are filled with life and beating them into happy slavery.”

–Bill Talcott

Dean and Owen both started school in the last week. I have mixed feelings about it. I know that they need to go to school, that they need to be educated, but I hate the testing and the regimentation and everything else that comes with it.

2 Responses to “New School Year”

  1. BrianN says:

    I still remember my son’s shock when he learned that it would be the teacher doing most of the talking.

    Somehow you need to get 24 kids in a room and teach them something. We looked into some schools that use “project based learning,” similar to Montessorri. It seems it works with awesome teachers, but we saw a lot of kids doing nothing, too.

    There is always homeschooling.

  2. Pitt says:

    A friend of mine once told me, he believed it really didn’t matter where you went to school, but how involved your parents were in the education. He was a product of all public schools, but had very actively involved parents. I’m not talking helicopter parents, but parents who helped out and showed interest in what their children were doing. He’s now an engineer, and has achieved as much if not more success than I have- 12 years of Catholic/ Jesuit school and all.

    I tend to think it goes both ways- parents who care about their childrens’ education can overcome some shortcomings of the school system; likewise, a really terrific school with superb teachers can at least partially supplant an apathetic set of parents.

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