Friday, June 15, 2007

Teens

"Our current education system was created in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and was modeled after the new factories of the industrial revolution. Public schools, set up to supply the factories with a skilled labor force, crammed education into a relatively small number of years. We have tried to pack more and more in while extending schooling up to age 24 or 25, for some segments of the population. In general, such an approach still reflects factory thinking˜get your education now and get it efficiently, in classrooms in lockstep fashion. Unfortunately, most people learn in those classrooms to hate education for the rest of their lives. ... In recent surveys I've found that American teens are subjected to more than 10 times as many restrictions as mainstream adults, twice as many restrictions as active-duty U.S. Marines, and even twice as many as incarcerated felons."
( Psychology Today | Trashing Teens)

- See: Education

:: note :: ... my experience verifies teens are tremendously competent ... they can organize, perform, facilitate and grow as well as any adult ... the article suggests they are not allowed entrance into the world creating infantilization and an adversarial relationship with adults ... by isolating young people they learn virtually everything from each other ... yes they do ... at years end did a simple check in/check out question asking what you most learned in grade 9 ... the answers revolved around social interaction & how to survive school ...