I dont hate a lot of things. But I truly hated school. I hated the clique-iness of it, I hated the authority, I hated the hours spent doing mundane stuff. If I apply a third of what I learnt in school into my adult life – it is a lot. I think I am giving school way too much credit here.
Hours spent doing math? Why did we need to do do calculus and trigonometry? I can understand geometry – one day you might want to sew a dress, build your home with and architect – one needs to know the difference between ad 45 degree angle and a 90 degree angle. English – I understand – its our mother tongue, and a very internationally spoken language. And as for the cultural sbjects, History, Geopgraphy, biology, science. Ok, ok. Fine – we all need a good general knowledge about the world we live in.
But truth be told – I could have read a few books, that would have made histroy far more interesting that sitting in a tiny wooden desk at school, listening to a teacher drone on, in a monotone….
Science and biology were fun, at least they were in a lab, and you got to do cool things.
But once science got mathematical – my teacher lost me – forever…… Never to return!
Then I chose French. Eight of us did – out of 300 kids.
Now – that really held me in good stead – I live in a French speaking province, I have travelled extensively, and French has been a stellar language to know. I could have learnt it in 6 months though. Did not need 3 full years. And might I add – and my UCT freinds can vouch for me – after high school I could not speak French!!! I had a great French accent when I spoke Eeenglish, and when a little inebriated, it would surface to perfection. It was only when I moved to Quebec and actually had to speak to get by, did I learn to parle la langue.
What’s my point? My point is, according to Sir Ken Robinson, our school systems today are based on the Industrial revolution systems.
Why are we learning things that will have no meaning for us in later years? Why are we jailed during our childhood, and forced into a system that we hate? With a few sadist teachers who had lousy lives, are miserable, and love taking it out on their students? And we force our kids to go.
Why do they have to spend 8-10 hours locked in a stuffy room – autumn, winter, spring and some of summer?
I find the teaching methods antiquated. Memorization, rather than real love of learning. The more I think about it – the more I want to pull my kids out of the system. I want them to learn and excel in things they are interested in, or at least are good at. The math and science that they need to know will come into place, just like it does for all of us adults. And if we did not a pursue a math or science based career, all of our knowledge regarding those subjects is rudimentary. And there is always and expert to call – or the very least Google!
I have looked into homeschooling. Seems pretty awesome! there is even real-time teachers. School is anything from 2-4 hours a day. It is more intensive, and the kids actually LEARN.
There is another school of thought. Its called unschooling. Now this one really appeals to me. However this is so against the grain, I fear the backlash of the entire world and every person that knows me personally. This ‘un’discipline is based on letting the kids learn whatever floats their boat. For as long as they are interested in it. Wow. Love it. Imagine being an expert in learning how to make apps – at 12 years old. Or even video games. You really do not need much knowledge. Todays techno kid, knows so much more than we ever did at the same age. How about a kid who loves making short films? They learn every aspect that goes into it, and could even get to make one? A kid might want to learn Chinese! That could involve language, food, culture and even travel… Basically – the world becomes the classroom. Kids get to learn for learning sake. They acquire value of themselves, and self esteem. They do stuff with their lives, that is meaningful.
How more hireable would this person be, than 1000’s of hopeful cookie-cutter moulds that have all done a B-comm accounting? But moreso – this person will want to be an entrepreneur – not a hired staff member. And I believe that that is where the world is going. Too much competition. Too much of the same. I mean…. an undergrad is useless now. One needs a PhD before anyone even interviews them. So 7 years of study – POST high school. Vomit.
Not for everyone. We do need those accountants, scientist and doctors. But for those that don’t follow that track, and land up going there anyway – because their talents were not recognized. Because the world told them that there is no use for artists, or quilters, or dress designers. We tell them its lowly, pointless. Lets give different options.
Well I want to say thank you to all those artists out there. if it were not for the trailblazing spirit this world would be a ver dry and boring place.
If anyone has any tips or advice for me, please let me know. If anyone would like to maybe join my endeavour – let me know too. It would have to be local folks only.