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I'm "technically" starting high school today... I just want my summer to continue .
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It's not like kids actually learn anything that's useful in school...save for maybe Home Ec and Shop. I guess Advanced Algebra ( I & II ) has its uses if you're planning to go into literal Rocket Science or Engineering.
I know this isn't really the place for this but, author and former educator John Taylor Gatto's main thesis asserts that school does the following to children in his book, "Dumbing Us Down":
- It confuses the students. It presents an incoherent ensemble of information that the child needs to memorize to stay in school. Apart from the tests and trials, this programming is similar to the television; it fills almost all the "free" time of children. One sees and hears something, only to forget it again.
- It teaches them to accept their class affiliation.
- It makes them indifferent.
- It makes them emotionally dependent.
- It makes them intellectually dependent.
- It teaches them a kind of self-confidence that requires constant confirmation by experts ( provisional self-esteem ).
- It makes it clear to them that they cannot hide, because they are always supervised.
He also draws a contrast between communities and "networks", with the former being healthy, and schools being examples of the latter. He says networks have become an unhealthy substitute for community in the United States.
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