The education institution is like a massive, big-government sized, steel shoehorn that forces every foot into it’s cruel, one-size-fits all, jackboot. Spirits are crushed. Creativity is suppressed. Thinking is discouraged. Standardized tests are idolized. Children are broken. Here is a story from The Washington Post:
From the story:
A perfect stranger pours her heart out to me over the phone. She complains that her 6-year-old son is unable to sit still in the classroom. The school wants to test him for ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). This sounds familiar, I think to myself. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’ve noticed that this is a fairly common problem today.
The mother goes on to explain how her son comes home every day with a yellow smiley face. The rest of his class goes home with green smiley faces for good behavior. Every day this child is reminded that his behavior is unacceptable, simply because he can’t sit still for long periods of time.
The mother starts crying. “He is starting to say things like, ‘I hate myself’ and ‘I’m no good at anything.’” This young boy’s self-esteem is plummeting all because he needs to move more often.
Over the past decade, more and more children are being coded as having attention issues and possibly ADHD.
The institution cannot work outside of the iron box of the institution. And in one regard it can’t be necessarily be blamed. It is a conveyor belt education system. It is a machine assigned the task of educating the masses. And if that weren’t enough, it is also a bloated cancerous bureaucracy of a machine, carrying twice its own weight in leeches and parasites of every imaginable variety. Everyone who is anyone wants their schemes and ideas on the docket to be taught, no matter how whacked out those schemes might seem to normal people, because they know that if they can get their ideas taught now, they can get them legislated later. The very last thing on the institution’s mind is your particular child, and her learning style.
When you teach your own child you learn how she learns. Some children can sit all day at a desk. Some can’t. At home you can tailor the education to a particular child’s disposition. It might come as a surprise to the bureaucrat, or the exper, but not every child is suited for spending long periods of their day sitting in a chair. But it’s no surprise at all to a parent who actually loves her child, and has spent some time teaching her.