November 2, 2010

Education



I just ran across this on another blog, and I have to say I love the way this guy thinks! While I don't necessarily agree that teaching students to find the "right answer" is always evil, I appreciate the call to broader thinking when it comes to educational norms. As a somewhat divergent thinker who has never quite fit into the box of the typical classroom, it is a breath of fresh air to hear this!
[Note: please pardon the blip at 2:14 about Jesuit schools. I do not agree that the reason the Jesuit schools had problems was that they taught students to "Find God in Everything." So just ignore that, sorry.]
Can I get an "amen" for the testimony of Jesus that said in the early 1900's: "Many of the branches of study that consume the student's time are not essential to usefulness or happiness; but it is essential for every youth to have a thorough acquaintance with everyday duties. If need be, a young woman can dispense with a knowledge of French and algebra, or even of the piano; but it is indispensable that she learn to make good bread, to fashion neatly-fitting garments, and to perform efficiently the many duties that pertain to homemaking. {Ed 216.1}
And:
"The whole body is designed for action; and unless the physical powers are kept in health by active exercise, the mental powers cannot long be used to their highest capacity. The physical inaction which seems almost inevitable in the schoolroom--together with other unhealthful conditions--makes it a trying place for children, especially for those of feeble constitution. Often the ventilation is insufficient. Ill-formed seats encourage unnatural positions, thus cramping the action of the lungs and the heart. Here little children have to spend from three to five hours a day, breathing air that is laden with impurity and perhaps infected with the germs of disease. No wonder that in the schoolroom the foundation of lifelong illness is so often laid. The brain, the most delicate of all the physical organs, and that from which the nervous energy of the whole system is derived, suffers the greatest injury. By being forced into premature or excessive activity, and this under unhealthful conditions, it is enfeebled, and often the evil results are permanent." {Ed 207.2}
As Paul Harvey would say, "That little old lady was right again!"

Now how about trying some simple changes in diet and see what we can do about ADHD? Hmmm....

2 comments:

  1. That was amazing! Hope you don't mind me admiring their animation skills as well. :) I can't help it. But I understand the education part as well. I appreciate the quotes you added too to give a rounded view. I appreciate true education!!

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  2. I know! I love the animation...seems like it helps you connect with what he's sharing so much better! So Jenae...you know there's a really good school offering true education.........!! :-D

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