I hated school when I was a kid, worryingly some of the things I see in Amys school remind me over again why I hated it so much. Thankfully Amy right now has good teacher, a decent person who only wants the best for her pupils. Maybe this is because she is too young to have been fully inculcated into the system, her predecessor was an awful woman but also probably forty years her senior. You really need to read the full article but I will quote the part I took away from the article Against School
Once you understand the logic behind modern schooling, its tricks and traps are fairly easy to avoid. School trains children to be employees and consumers; teach your own to be leaders and adventurers. School trains children to obey reflexively; teach your own to think critically and independently. Well-schooled kids have a low threshold for boredom; help your own to develop an inner life so that they’ll never be bored. Urge them to take on the serious material, the grown-up material, in history, literature, philosophy, music, art, economics, theology – all the stuff schoolteachers know well enough to avoid. Challenge your kids with plenty of solitude so that they can learn to enjoy their own company, to conduct inner dialogues. Well-schooled people are conditioned to dread being alone, and they seek constant companionship through the TV, the computer, the cell phone, and through shallow friendships quickly acquired and quickly abandoned. Your children should have a more meaningful life, and they can.
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