Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Getting 2 year olds ready for school, Ofsted? Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin

"Too many nurseries are failing to ensure children are ready to learn when they get to primary school, Ofsted's chief inspector says."

I read this, "Nurseries not preparing children for school" and my heart sank.

Ofsted scathed about our nursery "not having enough real world items in its play area".

So we donated a kettle.

Like our kids haven't got enough "real world" items at home.

Anyway, my heart sank because it brought to mind this:



I know the guy can't spell "labour", but here are 10 random quotes:

"The plan: trade short-term child-labor wages for longer-term productivity by giving kids a head start in doing what they’re told. Large-scale education was not developed to motivate kids or to create scholars.

It was invented to churn out adults who worked well within the system. Scale was more important than quality, just as it was for most industrialists."

"If you do a job where someone tells you exactly what to do, he will find someone cheaper than you to do it. And yet our schools are churning out kids who are stuck looking for jobs where the boss tells them exactly what to do.
Do you see the disconnect here?
Every year, we churn out millions of workers who are trained to do 1925-style labor."

"As we get ready for the ninety-third year of universal public education, here’s the question every parent and taxpayer needs to wrestle with:

Are we going to applaud, push, or even permit our schools... to continue the safe but ultimately doomed strategy of churning out predictable, testable, and mediocre factory workers?

As long as we embrace (or even accept) standardized testing, fear of science, little attempt at teaching leadership, and most of all, the bureaucratic imperative to turn education into a factory itself, we’re in big trouble."

"5. Column A and Column B
Aware
Caring
Committed
Creative
Goal-setting
Honest
Improvising
Incisive
Independent
Informed
Initiating
Innovating
Insightful
Leading
Strategic
Supportive ———————————- > or Obedient

Which column do you pick?
Whom do you want to work for or work next to?
Whom do you want to hire?
Which doctor do you want to treat you?
Whom do you want to live with?

Last question: If you were organizing a trillion-dollar, sixteen-year indoctrination program to turn out the next generation of our society, which column would you build it around?"

"Mass customization of school isn’t easy. Do we have any choice, though?

If mass production and mass markets are falling apart, we really don’t have the right to insist that the schools we designed for a different era will function well now."

"Here are a dozen ways school can be rethought:

Homework during the day, lectures at night
Open book, open note, all the time
Access to any course, anywhere in the world
Precise, focused instruction instead of mass, generalized instruction
The end of multiple-choice exams
Experience instead of test scores as a measure of achievement
The end of compliance as an outcome
Cooperation instead of isolation
Amplification of outlying students, teachers, and ideas
Transformation of the role of the teacher
Lifelong learning, earlier work
Death of the nearly famous college"


"Dreamers don’t help with either of these problems. Dreamers aren’t busy applying for jobs at minimum wage, they don’t eagerly buy the latest fashions, and they’re a pain in the ass to keep happy. "

Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin
http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/docs/StopStealingDreamsSCREEN.pdf


Or maybe this Uncle Buck clip does it better: (0:56 secs in)




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