This was fascinating to watch! So much to digest!! I found it interesting that original detractors of public education during the industrial revolution used some of the same faulty “logic” I am encountering in reading about educating kids in poverty — the stereotype that it is not possible to educate them and that they won’t benefit from it. And again we see the reference to the broken model of schools as factories — why should education be about conformity and standardization? Who does this benefit? Maybe it benefits a certain number of businesses that benefit by hiring those students that successfully navigate the system, but what about the rest of the children? Are they to be discarded by-products? I was also stunned by the facts about ADHD and divergent thinking. No wonder that our children are stressed out and distracted when they are being so intensely stimulated — and could standardized testing actually be a contributing factor?? Interesting to think about! Lastly, the fact that 98% of kindergartners display high levels of divergent thinking is amazing. The fact that our educational system is squelching that ability is sad and not surprising, but the good news is that it is a solvable problem. We can be inspired as teachers to approach our kids in ways that don’t discriminate or try to force everyone to conform to the same model of learning — we can encourage divergent thinking and great learning by changing the habits of our educational institutions. We CAN make a difference!! (Yay!!!) Thanks for inspiring me today!
Thank YOU for inspiring me with your response! You have articulated well some of the scattered thoughts I had after watching this video. The social reproduction of inequalities through this faulty “logic” is disheartening, and your positive response regarding possibilities for change (revolution?) provide much needed motivation. This video makes me really want to study the historical development of the public school system; I think this is important to know, especially if we are discussing education reform/change/transformation/revolution.
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