Why do we hear so much about this? Politicians, doctors, parents all talking about it non-stop.
Here is why:
We have built a world based on the existence of schools. Parents can go to work because the state is taking care of their children. (And there is stuff they must learn — no one ask why.) But what are we doing to kids when they are taking care of them?
1- making them anxious about grades
2- making them memorize stuff they will never need
3- creating a world where kids can bully each other
4- making them learn to sit down and shut up
5- preventing kids from following their own interests
(none of this is the fault of teachers; this
is the fault of he system they have to teach in)
so why do we have school? (hint - its not for the kids)
Imagine a world where we could choose what to learn and what to do. Most kids have that world when they are at home. Why not in “school” as well?
1- we can create places where kids can go that are safe
2- we can create places where kids can go where they can follow their own interests
3- we can eliminate anxiety about tests and grades
Imagine a world with happy kids.
Why can’t we do this? Because we have been doing it the other way for so long we don’t even realize there is an alternative. There is important stuff they should learn: ancient literature, the quadratic formula; SP3 bonding.
What is the alternative?
We set up places (run by teachers who will no longer “teach”) where kids have experiences (virtual and live) that will (as it happens) teach you things.
We set up places where kids can play as much as they like (but we try and play the play valuable.)
We know how to build high quality online experiences and we know how to build safe places for kids.
(Yes, I know the Romans thought it was important to learn history, literature and philosophy.)
It has been 2000 years. Time to get over it.