“Reader’s Digest” is one of the most highly regarded and frequently read magazines on the market. It includes a wide array of articles, facts and jokes on a variety of topics. The January 2014 edition of the publication contained an article titled “Is the American School System Damaging Our Kids?”
This article, written by Peter Gray, provides an excellent in-depth and thought provoking commentary on how the traditional school system treats its students—even if the methods are outdated, unfair, and proven to be unsuccessful. The article illustrates how many children get turned off on education when they are thrust into the systematized learning program that leaves little room for creativity and outside the box thinking—skills that most businesses, and future employers, value.
Over testing, rigorous inflexible hours, and negative social experiences mar children’s opinion of schools. They begin to hate—even fear—the location and this subsequently leads to them resenting education and turning off on learning. Such attitudes hinder their chances at attending college and earning the education necessary to support themselves as adults in today’s fast paced and competitive job market.
More worrisome is that fact that experiences in the traditional school system can sometimes be so terrible and so bleak that they cause children to experience psychological problems such as anxiety and depression. Clearly, this is the not the mental mindset one can be in to learn at the highest and most successful level.
The old fashioned school system has some very serious flaws and it is encouraging to note that many people are starting to take notice and promote once untrusted alternative educational approaches like homeschooling and cyber schooling. By questioning the problems we see in the current school system we can think of ways to correct those issues or engage better and more innovative approaches to learning.
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