Stay in school kids…right?
After my 16 wonderfully crafted exposes that I have released since launching my website, I thought that it would be a good idea to pick apart the one thing that kids probably hate the most – school👹
Ok, just kidding, not every kid hates school, I know that.
I don’t hate school. But, I think that there is a discussion to be had about the school systems nowadays.
If you look at a picture of a classroom about 60 years ago and a classroom now, there is not that big of a difference.
So much has changed in this time though, the environment, infrastructure, currencies, social standards, beliefs, problems, medical care, art, fashion, technology, you name it.
Basically everything has undergone some form of restructuring and change.
Out with the old and in with the new, has been the motto for several aspects of our world during the last decades, where innovation and inventions have been a booming trend.
But the problem is that so much has changed, that there is a need for people to be educated and prepared differently - appropriately - for the challenges that our world is facing.
Things that are taught to children early on, that are being told to them, become part of their beliefs. They shape their opinions and actions and they become part of who they are as people.
It is always said that children are our future. As soon as they turn 18 or 21, or whatever the legal age, they are expected to vote, sign contracts, make important decisions and to “grow the hell up”.
But in school, we are not taught how to decide who to vote for.
What should be on the person’s political agenda.
Which qualities to look for in a leader.
How to make your own voice count, to start petitions, to start a political party, how to get involved in your own country’s politics, and on and on.
Instead we are expected to study the names of all past presidents,
How many senators there are in office at the moment and the capital of every state in the US along with its current population.
Numbers and facts.
Too little that nurtures creativity and the sensibility to be able to deal with our current reality in an informed and confident manner.
Now, more than ever, we need people to be able to think outside the box,
People who are able to recognize and handle important issues and conflicts.
People who look past racial and social differences.
People who look past the long governed laws of money=power.
The way we shape children in our societies is so powerful.
Children already have opinions and views.
But in what way are those going to be nurtured and reinforced?
When a baby is born, it’s mind is pure and unbiased and non-judgmental.
And in the process of growing up, that changes.
In which way that changes is so strongly influenced by a child’s environment, the views and opinions of the adults it is around and what it is taught in school.
Children have to learn, what it means to take care of the environment.
How food is grown sustainably and in way that is aligned with natures and human needs.
How to be kind to one another and how to solve conflicts in peaceful and effective ways.
Education is such a powerful tool and I am not saying that schools are completely wrong or a bad place.
They are just not caught up to this time's requirements in many ways.
People throw their phones out every other month or so when a new version gets released -
so why not update something as paramount as education once in a while?
And in my opinion, every school should be a "forest school"😉🌳
I hope this fired up your neurons😆
Let me know what you think about your school?
What do you like and dislike about your curriculum?
Do you have any wishes or suggestions you would submit to a school board?
One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.