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"Children are required to be in school, where their freedom is greatly restricted, far more than most adults would tolerate in their workplaces. In recent decades we’ve been compelling them to spend ever more time in this kind of setting, and there’s strong evidence that this is causing psychological damage to many of them. And as scientists have investigated how children naturally learn, they’ve realized that kids do so most deeply and fully, and with greatest enthusiasm, in conditions that are almost opposite to those of school….
Most people assume that the basic design of today’s schools emerged from scientific evidence about how children learn. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Schools as we know them today are a product of history, not research.

Research has shown that people of all ages learn best when they are self-motivated, pursuing answers to questions that reflect their personal interests and achieving goals that they’ve set for themselves. Under such conditions, learning is usually joyful.
The evidence for all of this is obvious to anyone who’s watched a child grow from infancy to school age. Through their own efforts, children figure out how to walk, run, jump, and climb. They learn from scratch their native language, and with that, they learn to assert their will, argue, amuse, annoy, befriend, charm, and ask questions.

They do all of this before anyone, in any systematic way, tries to teach them anything.
This amazing drive and capacity to learn does not turn itself off when children reach five or six. But we turn it off with our coercive system of schooling.”




I knew it


But if they aren’t made to really learn everything and only what they have a passion for, how are they supposed to be well rounded or even find a passion at all?


I’m so sick of seeing posts about school and how it’s a prison and a terrible institution for learning. That’s how you know how lucky we are. School is not a fucking prison. Like Moni said, there’s no way you can find a passion for something if you are not taught everything. Most of the people who agree on this kind of post are just those who are not motivated about school whatsoever and don’t study and expect to get good grades. Again, I say most. I will never put down an individual who has given their all.  Some students give all they can and work hard, and that’s what it’s about. We learning about different types of subjects for one main reason: to get us to think. Critical thinking and problem solving is what will make our future progress into something amazing, no matter what subject it is. The headline of this article is what truly disgusts me. School is an amazing place that can open up possibilities for young boys and girls to be scientists, engineers, doctors, chefs, artists, etc. A great English, Math, Science, Art, or Music teacher in a child’s youth can spark the interest that will lead them into figuring out what they want to do with their life. That’s what we need. Not complaining about institutionalized learning. So fuck tumblr and all their “YES OMG THIS POST BLESS THIS POST SCHOOL IS THE WORST PLACE EVER” just because they are sleepy/hungry and don’t want to get out of bed and want to watch TV all day. 

I’m pretty sure children in third world countries would love the opportunity to attend our “prisons”. Could our schools be better, be improved? Yes of course they could be, which is why it brings me hope when I hear of a school or whole district trying something new. However that still doesn’t negate how advantaged we are to live in a place where everyone has the right to an education. Cry harder.



KKK Member Walks up to Black Musician in Bar…

Most people in this day and age probably would have turned and ran right out of that good ol’ boy’s bar, but not Davis. He stayed and talked with the Klansman for a long time. “At first, I thought ‘why the hell am I sitting with him?’ but we struck up a friendship and it was music that brought us together,” he says.

That friendship would lead Davis on a path almost unimaginable to most folks. Today, Davis is not only a musician, he is a person who befriends KKK members and, as a result, collects the robes and hoods of Klansmen who choose to leave the organization because of their friendship with him.

via @amyfullermorgan @BSHistory77

I read this article every time it comes up, and I love it. This guy is everything a human being should aspire to be. 

Also, whoever optioned the movie rights to his book is going to get a shitload of Oscar nominations, you just know it.

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