this post will hopefully prove i’m not fully obsessed with all things food, wine, chocolate, and pigs. i know my boys are quite young but their education has started even now. so what do we do about formal schooling? at this point, books, books and more books. on my part, at least. i’m not sure how much help snuggle puppy
will contribute to the education conversation…elisha might disagree. i have taken it upon myself to read up on all sorts of methods of education: public, private (from waldorf to reggio emilia to christian, etc.), and homeschooling. and any other variations i happen upon along the way.
a good friend, rebekah, recommended this book to me so i picked it up. i’ve read a bit of john taylor gatto before and am a bit familiar with some unschooling ideas, but i’m attempting to get a better grasp of his stance on education. all this to say, i know i’m in for a good ride when the prologue makes my head spin and quotes like this pop out at me from every other line:
you aren’t compelled to loan your car to anyone who wants it, but you are compelled to surrender your school-age child to strangers who process children for a livelihood…
i want to open up concealed aspects of modern schooling such as the deterioration it forces in the morality of parenting. you have no say at all in choosing your teachers. you know nothing about their backgrounds or families. and the state knows little more than you do. this is as radical a piece of social engineering as the human imagination can conceive. what does it mean?
before you hire a company to build a home you would, i expect, insist on detailed plans showing what the finished structure was going to look like. building a child’s mind and character is what public schools do, their justification for prematurely breaking family and neighborhood learning. where is documentary evidence to prove this assumption that trained and certified professionals do it better than people who know and love them can? there isn’t any.
thought provoking at the very least. i’m only on the prologue so don’t expect any profound conclusions. i’ll get back to you on this book and the others that cross my path. now snuggle puppy, on the other hand, yes, i have finished it. profound conclusions? not so much.