Reason 80: Because Even Those Inside The Institution Know It’s All Wrong

The headline of this article says it all:

How ‘twisted’ early childhood education has become — from a child development expert

So who is this expert? Her name is Nancy Carlsson-Paige, and the entire first paragraph gives you her secular humanist credentials and accomplishments; which are quite numerous. But it’s not like any of that’s going to mean anything to the institution which has become a giant bureaucratic steel box with its lid welded shut. It hears what it wants to hear. And it dosen’t want to hear that something inside the foggy darkness of that box has gone terribly wrong.

This particular article is centered on a speech Paige gave while receiving one of her awards. A bit from the speech:

I have loved my life’s work – teaching teachers about how young children think, how they learn, how they develop socially, emotionally, morally… So never in my wildest dreams could I have foreseen the situation we find ourselves in today. Where education policies that do not reflect what we know about how young children learn could be mandated and followed. We have decades of research in child development and neuroscience that tell us that young children learn actively — they have to move, use their senses, get their hands on things, interact with other kids and teachers, create, invent. But in this twisted time, young children starting public pre-K at the age of 4 are expected to learn through “rigorous instruction.

When I accepted the challenge–from myself–to write 365 posts of reasons to homeschool, I had no idea what I was in for. I now realize that the education system is much worse than I ever imagined. We human beings mark our own experience as a reference point for all of life, then we call that experience normal. Then we make the grave mistake of giving our children a “normal” education. The only thing “normal” about the institution is that it is taking the normal course of all such institutions by rotting itself out from the inside.

I included just a small portion of this speech. I encourage you to read the whole thing. She is after all an expert.

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