Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Raising the fragmented child

A little boy came home from school and complained to his mother,"I'm not going back tomorrow. I can't read yet. I can't write. And they won't let me talk."

The idea of shipping our children off to a warehouse where they are educated by strangers from a curriculum designed by politicians and academic theorists is so strange and disconnected from the reality of a child that we have to wonder how this could come to be a fact in our society. Why would be want our children treated like this? Only by being convinced that it is for their own good - or if we don't happen to agree, by being subject to fines and imprisonment if we don't comply - would we go along with this. After all, we allow ourselves to be sent off, indeed we transport ourselves to be warehoused at work, so we can imagine such a fate would be acceptable to our children.

The world that we live in has this kind of fragmentation to it. We are fragmented: our workplaces, our schools, our society. Yet, we must find a way to raise a whole child, one who can meet the future fully, without fear, with an intelligence that can understand and move in new and challenging situations.
THE HAPPY CHILD
Steven Harrison
www.LivingSchool.org

2 comments:

muse said...

Part of education is to teach our children to function/survive within a group. Sometimes, more than reading, writing and 'rithmetic, it's the most important skill we can teach them.

David BC Tan said...

learning to function/survive in a group begins with self-confidence does it not? it would be interesting to hear your point of view here. anyway thanks for visiting and commenting.