Sunday, 22 December 2013

Prussian Schooling is a World Issue

Some have said I should be happy with Canadian schools, because our US counterparts are worse. Others might say the US has it lucky, because schools in Asia make American ones seem tame. Finally, many would tell us all to shut up, because kids in Africa don't have schools.

The point is that someone out there always has it worse, but that doesn't change how the majority of our schools are based off the Prussian model of education.

Different places might have different names for school's agenda, like 'No Child Left Behind' or 'Common Core,' but its purpose remains the same: "produce citizens who look to government to make important decisions for them — from whether to help the poor, to what drugs to take, to how to get an education — and solve societal problems." - John Taylor Gatto

"What better way to produce compliant people who think the same way than to take children away from their parents, limit their exposure to “inappropriate” information, encourage unquestioning obedience to authority, and discourage critical thinking?" - Glenn Jacobs

All this certainly sounds like the schools here in Canada. The only difference is that we don't get arrested or fined for truancy (cops still harass truants though). What a privilege.

There are few things in life worth speaking up and fighting for. True education is one of those things, wherever we live.

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