Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education

Peter Gray, Psychology Today, Sept 29, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

School, according to the author, is a prison. "Human beings within a certain age range (most commonly 6 to 16) are required by law to spend a good portion of their time there, and while there they are told what they must do, and the orders are generally enforced." This results in a series of 'sins': denial of liberty on the basis of age; fostering of shame, on the one hand, and hubris, on the other; interference with the development of cooperation and nurturance; interference with the development of personal responsibility and self-direction; linking of learning with fear, loathing, and drudgery; inhibition of critical thinking; reduction in diversity of skills, knowledge, and ways of thinking. The last two, especially, result in severe pedagogical deficiencies, which is why I think it ought not to be radical to reconsider our system of education via a penal system. Via jtneill.
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