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Are Schools Interfering With a Child's Creative Freedom?

Updated on February 26, 2012

Parents want what's best for their children, it's an overall fact. However, many allow educators to dictate what that may be, rather than finding out for themselves what is right. This leads to children being restricted to education by whatever means the schools decide is best.

School Requirements Are Becoming Increasingly Restrictive

Schools are stepping forward with ever restrictive requirements. Schools are and always have been places where children are, for a good share of the day, not allowed to explore or play.

How ironic as exploration and play, which came about in our biological evolution for the purpose of education, are outlawed at school, which is supposed to be the place for education.

Schools have become victims of capitalism, just as so many other things in our economy. Children are asked to complete tests at certain levels, in order to ensure that funding is received for a school year. If a school's test scores go down, funding goes down as well, so it behooves a school to manipulate the circumstances as best they can.

Parents Follow As Schools Dictate

As schooling increasingly dominates the lives of children and families, it increasingly dominates people’s mental conceptions of child development and parenting.

Parents want what's best for their children, and if someone appearing as an expert declares that something is right, parents are likely to blindly follow suit, demonstrating the same type of teacher relationship with their child that goes on in school, rather than the more intimate relationship of a parent and child.

Can Schools Really Offer a Better Life for Children?

Parents want what's best for their children, including assurances that their future's will be better. Schools offer the claim that they can keep children off of the streets, and offer the assurances of a better life. However, this is untrue, and a better life is in the hands of your child.

Schools Act as Corrals for Children

The truth is, schools are corrals for children. It's not just a place for learning, it's an over-crowded pen where children are forced to obey regardless of need. Teachers need to use methods to keep children in line for the betterment of the group, and the school in general.

They can't take individual care of a child, and be sure that each one is getting what he or she needs. They can only spoon feed what the federal and state governments have dictated that children are required to learn, and demand that children pass the required tests.


It's important for parents to keep a healthy relationship with their child. Parents should offer what's best for them, and use your own instincts rather than what experts are demanding. The school system has its own agendas, so be knowledgeable, and keep your agenda on your child.

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      parentsreview 5 years ago from Lansdowne, PA

      @Kathryn great comments. These are all good tips, and coming from someone with experience. Again, thanks for the comment.

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      Kathryn L Hill 5 years ago from LA

      Parents can monitor the classroom. Just go ahead and volunteer or observe in your child's classroom (even if they are embarrassed by your presence) and keep up with what is going on with your child's education. Most parents think the child is fine and doesn't need too much help with home work... But take it from me, a substitute teacher, they do need help! Sit down with them. Expect their personal best and they will develop the habit of caring about school. When too many parents and students don't care about school or doing the work the teacher kind of gives up too. Help the teacher help your child. Get involved!

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      Kathryn L Hill 5 years ago from LA

      I am in L.A. The school system is archaic... and the kids are advanced. Parents are aware...but they have to work. They have so much hope that schools are helpful, enriching, and encouraging to their children and don't want to know that they AREN'T!

      What are parents to do????

      I suggest SIT IN YOUR CHILD'S CLASSES and observe the teacher (and your own child) periodically. Perhaps parents can get together and take turns. They should get involved and volunteer and help out WHENEVER POSSIBLE!

      OR ELSE!

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      parentsreview 6 years ago from Lansdowne, PA

      Kelley, thanks for your comment. I'm glad the school system in Oklahoma is in a positive state, but that is unfortunately not the case everywhere. I'm glad to hear it when a teacher can make a positive impact on a student, and I have also felt that private versus public doesn't necessarily mean better. Great comments, and thanks.

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      kelleyward 6 years ago

      Interesting story. My child goes to public school here in Oklahoma and believe it or not he has a great teacher! He went to a private school last year and the public school he is currently enrolled is just as fantastic as the private school. I know there are many differences in public schools across the country and that is upsetting. Thanks for your comments!

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      parentsreview 6 years ago from Lansdowne, PA

      That's awesome! It's amazing how much time is wasted in the average school.

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      Brooke Lorren 6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I have been homeschooling for about 6 years now... since my oldest was in preschool. It's definitely a different way of life than the way that I grew up. They spend a lot of their day playing, yet we still manage to get a normal curriculum done every year. In just a few hours a day, they can learn math, reading, history, science, English, and even Bible (gasp) class!