what is school for?


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the questions

1.  Why is there school….what is the purpose of school?
2.  What do you like most (or did you like most) about school?
3.  What is (or was) hard about school?
4.  What are (or were) you good at in school?
5.  What important things have you learned about or how to do in school?
6.  What do you (or did you) want to learn about in school?
7.  What would you change about school ?
8.  Do you (or did you) like school?
9.  What do you imagine might be better for people than school?
10. Do you think other people would agree with your ideas?

readers are invited to enter this conversation. some enjoy choosing one question or more. if you would prefer I contact you and we have a private interview, that is fine too.
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Some responses from a reader’s page, thanks Jennifer Lehr, list of questions below……
I posted this on my fb page and here’s the answers i got:

from: The Unschooling of a 6 year old
1) Why is there school….what is the purpose of school? Originally to train up kids for the industrial age.
2) What do you like most (or did you like most) about school? When I was a kid, reading.
3) What is (or was) hard about school? Socialising.
4) What are (or were) you good at in school? English, reading, writing.
5) What important things have you learned about or how to do in school? English language.
6) What do you (or did you) want to learn about in school? The rules of the English language.
7) What would you change about school ? More options for kids – choices on what to study and learn.
8 ) Do you (or did you) like school? At least til year 10 I didn’t mind school.
9) What do you imagine might be better for people than school? Learning. At your own pace.
10) Do you think other people would agree with your ideas? Some would. Others don’t like change or don’t see anything than the idea that kids go to school and that is their job.

from: Fred Alina
1) The purpose of school is to educate kids. Theoretically.
2) I liked art, recess, and writing.
3) Socializing was hard. Forced association with kids who weren’t very nice. Teachers who seemed to have a hard time letting go of negative opinions about kids.
4) I was good at math and science and grammar.
5) The only thing I really use that I would not have learned outside school that I can think of is math.
6) I think this answer is deeply personal. If kids had support to do whatever it is they are really interested in, be it computer programming or designing circuits or writing music or designing a magazine, they could learn so much about not just that subject but many many others. This would be one big thing I would want to see.
7) The first thing I would change about school is its perception. School is not “the place kids learn” and kids don’t learn best by being “taught” to. The verb should be “to learn”, not “to teach”. (I have nothing against teachers, but I know I always learned best on my own and of my own interests). Kids can learn many things in many places. Parents need to be more aware of and supportive of this. I think parents “get” that their kids learn the first couple of years mostly from parents: language, colors, counting, etc. Even if they use daycare they see the impact they have on what their kids learn. But by school age, they hand a lot of it over to the government and say, “OK, I can’t teach math, so you do it.” But again, the emphasis is on the wrong verbs. Toddlers aren’t “taught” for the most part, but they manage to learn anyway.
The pride from doing something well.
9) An opportunity to innovate, to create, to stop “learning” and start creating.
10) Uh. No.

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3 Responses to what is school for?

  1. Carol Hand says:

    Great video that raises crucial questions about the purpose of education! Thank you for sharing this.

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  2. Pingback: The Questions: What is school for? | in search of school that can change the world

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