Why Are We Pushing Our Kids So Hard?

This excellent article was written by Jenny Ford and appears in Hub Pages.

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Some excerpts:

The pressure mounts, year by year, until they are doing several hours a night of assignments and study. Some of the curriculum content is of questionable value (and I am being generous when I say “some”, here) – I doubt that they will find much of it useful for earning money, developing relationships, or remaining healthy throughout their lives, for example.

However, you have to do what the school system says you have to do, because that’s the only way to get to college. And college is the only way to get a professional job or occupation. And a professional job or occupation is the only way to … what, exactly?

Paid employment is no longer a ticket to permanent health benefits, paid holidays and retirement benefits. Paid employment these days can only ever be regarded as a temporary stop-gap solution to the problem of establishing a secure income.

Instead of running our kids ragged on this treadmill to nowhere, we should be focusing on teaching them the life skills they really need.

To be healthy, wealthy and happy, all our kids really need to know is:

– how to take care of their physical, mental and emotional health
– how to make, save and invest money
– how to communicate and manage relationships
– how to go and look up information about everything else that might interest them

And the comments that follow the articles are just as interesting.  Check these out:

The thing that has always bugged me about the traditional school system is the propaganda perpetuated by the school board that you need a University edcuation if you want to do anything good with your life. It’s simply not true and adds horrible pressure to the kids who are not naturally academic.

I was gifted academically but could not stand the prison like metality of the school system and so I never pursued a College or University education. I educated myself and traveled the world and now am a Professional Photographer just about to teach my first instructional workshop.

There are so many opportunities for great jobs or to work for yourself that do not require conventional education. I think children need to be told this. You don’t have to kill youself trying to obtain marks for a career you don’t really want. This is not what success means in my book.

Many people love University, many people hate it. Both are okay and neither attitude will ensure success or failure in today’s business world.

I agree completely. University enrollment is declining, especially for young men. If you want to be sure your kids have a well balanced education, do two things: 1. encourage them to read on a wide variety of topics and 2. show them how to find information they need. It is impossible to memorize everything – history changes, science changes, new advancements come and go…so rather than dealing with a lot of “facts” far better to be well versed in information research.

Education is designed on a mass scale, not an individual one. That is more efficient, if you can keep everyone doing the same thing – not ideal for any individual, but cheaper to run and easier to organise.

Personalised education requires personalised educators, and we have too much of our adult population tied up in earning their own incomes to allocate one adult per 3-6 kids for education.

I think that teachers are making the mistake of giving too many assignments, and they think that a high volume work load is going to help them intellectually. I believe you can challenge the minds of our youth WITHOUT giving them a ton of busy work.

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