Schools as Prisons

It occurred to me the other day that my sons (probably many other kids) basically view school as a prison sentence. (Minimum security, to be sure – but prison nonetheless.) Not a challenge to be attacked and accomplished, but something to be endured. They’re basically just waiting for it to be over.

I’d love to correct them. To explain to them why that’s not true. Whenever I try, I can’t come up with much to refute that line of thinking.

I always feel the need to qualify a statement like this by saying – there are many good great people employed by our schools that are working hard at a thankless job. This is not intended as a shot at them, but rather as a shot at a system that has outlived its usefulness.

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