The Miseducation of our Children: Save our generation!
Keeping our Kiddos Kicking!
The road to destruction is paved with good intentions.
“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”- Wilde
“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” - King
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Mandela
“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” - Frost
“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”- Mead
“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” - Lewis
Education is simply no longer true education. Education has become indoctrinated by the whimsical and misguiding cultural notions of the day. Today's society is made up of quick fixes, I need it now, which can only be described as an infantile state of mind. I often wonder can they see past their noses. I know at this point you are wondering what I am speaking of in particular.
Well apparently some school districts have adopted a policy where the students can not receive zeros. They can only receive grades such as 62, 61, or 60. I was told by an educator that, "Zeros kill the grade." Ok, then don't get a zero! Yes zeros are hard grades, but they make a student have to work harder and they learn a valuable lesson. They learn there are consequences for their actions and non-actions.
This sixty cushion only creates a false sense of reality. You get what you deserve and only what you earn in life. So, the child has this cushion and feels the comfort of this bubble and when they get to college the reality sets in and the bubble explodes. Then, what happens..... They learn a lesson they should have learned in grade school, which can cause them their collegiate education.
So, why do we pacify them? Life is the greatest teacher, but if you don't allow them to make these mistakes they can't work through them. As I further spoke with this educator I got the sense nobody wants to be the bad guy. In the grand scheme of life who cares if you think I'm the bad guy as long as you learn the lesson and get the tools you need to be a success. Hate me now thank me later is my motto.
Naturally, you may want your students or children to adore you, but it is through discipline you truly grow and learn. They will respect your position or reasoning when they are older, we can wait.. Everything is not instantaneous as culture leads us to believe. Things take time and have a process and we should respect the process. In reality the process got us where we are today.
When you take short cuts you cut short the true potential of the person. Let's stop selling and cutting our children short so that in turn they do not cut short their future generation. Look at the issues that exist in this society due to short cuts. There is obesity, anorexia, alcoholism, drug abuse, etc. We have to have the necessary tools to deal with our realities and if we are not give those tools as children it is harder if not almost impossible to attain them.
Let us stop stunting the growth of the children and let them be accountable for their actions now and not let the laws of the land teach them that later at the expense of their freedom. Well, that's my soap box for today! You know the saying, "The road to destruction I paved with good intentions." Let us be intentional about our intentions. Here's a little food for thought.
“Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: 'You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgments. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being molded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.”-Doris Lessing.