Deschooling Society

I felt that for this blog post, it would be best if I put my notes from what I wanted to say/the discussion, because this is about as organized I could be about it.

 

I thought it was very insightful because everyday you hear at least one student get frustrated with a teacher, and its inevitable that teachers get frustrated with students who either don’t get “it” or don’t try and still do well in school. Thinking about the overall sense of the essay, apprenticeship comes to mind, which in a sense, would allow people to really live in what they want to do with their lives. I found it interesting with the nursing example in paragraph 67 that due to the increasing needs and wants of medical boards and whoever else decides who becomes a nurse and who doesn’t, that nurses are in short supply because schooling is just so expensive. And not only does money come into play, but you have to get top grades to be even considered to go on to the next level, which seems to to be a daunting task in itself.

— talk about Bon Secours and how people who can’t afford a four year institution plus higher level nursing school can choose to attend these programs when they already know what they want to do in life and can skip all of the other things such as general education requirements and save a ton of money

  • bring up tech centers in high school and how those allowed students to start their own sort of apprenticeship

-Four networks of newer education:

  • Reference Services to Educational Objects
  • Stop restricting use to non-studentsà this creates frustration towards tons of people/committees/boards and just high level power in general
  • Library books: only people with cards can check out books, can be hard to obtain library cards, which cuts people off from learning about things they are interested in
  • Rich v. Poor kids à mainly third world countries and the gap is not getting any closer, actually getting larger with the increases in technology and the lack of funding for proper resources there
  • Skill Exchanges
  • This screams apprenticeship and really sets up a great system for creating connections
  • Allows for people to really see what the job is like firsthand instead of reading out of a book for hours on end, when its not the same as dealing with situations as they occur.
  • Peer Matching
  • Not the same as skill exchanges, but its better than being stuck in a partner or group project and the other members don’t care about the project when at least one person does
  • With peer matching, both people want to do well and understand that this will help them in the future, and they may be able to help the other with something that was hard to understand at first and that way they are able to grow as students
  • Chess example: if you play with someone who doesn’t understand the game or doesn’t care to learn, what do you gain from it?
  • Professional Educators
  • This can go either way for me, because there definitely 1) are some teachers out there who should not be teaching and 2) some subjects are difficult to teach and need to thought out when it comes to presenting it to students
  • The lack of communication between all educators within one organization has a lot to do with why teachers become frustrated. When boundaries aren’t clear with how educators and teachers are supposed to do their jobs, people tend to lose focus of their goals and just sort of coast until the next school year starts
  • Paragraph 98 specifies the 3 different levels of education that should be distinguished.

-I felt that even though the majority of this article is about changing the school system to be less curricula based and somehow more of discussion and hands-on based so students can take more from their peers views and not have their nose stuck in a book all day.

-Coming of age part: paragraph 51. I didn’t really think it was necessary to bring religion into the discussion because those are traditions you can’t just get rid of. I understand the letting kids become adults when they are younger to teach them responsibility at a younger age, but some things you just can’t change. Yes, it is important for children to understand what is going on in the real world, but to force them to change their way of life for that is a bit much.

 

Do you think a deschooled society would help or hurt us? Who would it be more beneficial for? Rich or poor? Will it allow other parts of the world in a different light?

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