I’m responding to a challenge by Scott Mcleod: When it comes to education, what are the five things we have to stop pretending? My contribution:
- That compliance is the same as engagement.
- That a teenager is a “child” who isn’t ready for real responsibility, even something as simple as using the bathroom without asking permission or borrowing a pair of sharp scissors.
- That a kid’s nature is one of laziness, their preferred state of being is ignorant, and without some extrinsic motivation delivered by trained professionals they would live their pitiful, illiterate lives bareknuckle boxing in exchange for drugs under some freeway bridge.
- That school work and class work and homework and grades and bells all somehow automatically equate to learning; that these “things” that are bureaucratically or logistically convenient are more important than the feeling of actually learning.
- That schools aren’t primarily teaching our kids dependency and unquestioning obedience.