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School on fire

posts Jul 08, 2019

I can’t believe it… every single time I speak with a parent, being it a friend, acquaintance or somebody I just met for the first time, I can’t help but getting to talk about education, schooling, and related subjects… and each and every time I hear stories about problems their kids are having or had in school and generally on their educational path in a way or another.

I will not mention any name for respect to these people, but I’m sure so many of you can relate to what I’m going to say or already heard similar stories from other parents around!

Just to mention some among others, I know of this girl who just started high school and is going through a lot of struggles in life, at least according to her mother’s perspective.

She’s an exemplary student, one we would refer to as a very good one, getting good grades, having no problems at all in any subject, but with some relational issues, mainly with her parents, which than mirror out in the relationships with “society”. Went to therapy, didn’t help much, and constantly giving “new worries” within the family…

Another family with two daughters, one of which has been bullied throughout her entire secondary school without “anyone” ever noticing, even though parents found out at the end of the fourth year, that the school knew about the abuses she had been subjected to… well, this girl, now a young woman, is going since more than 5 years to a psychologist, went through huge problems for her further education and after starting and interrupting a couple of different schools is now doubtful about what she should or shouldn’t do, and so are her parents.

And I’ll just bring you one more example, cause I’m sure you can find dozens more by yourself within your community of friends. This acquaintance of mine who told me that the youngest of his two sons was questioned from his elementary teacher about his intelligence, and was asked to perform an IQ test!!! Can you imagine that?

I guess we really need to rethink about what we are doing here! Are we willing to change things, or should we just passively watch what’s going to happen in the next couple of decades? Cause I’m maybe the only one (and I know I’m not) seriously worried about it, but it doesn’t look to me like those in charge are taking this very seriously!!! And I’m not referring only to politicians, school directors and “certified” educators, cause we all, parents, are educators!!! As John Holt was saying, it doesn’t exist any prove that a teacher is a better educator than a parent. This may sound like a provocative statement, but it is not! It is in fact proven that a parent can be as qualified to teach its own children as much as a teacher is.

I’m not suggesting that we should all start home-schooling our kids, and it is obviously not possible in a country, and particularly in a canton, where this is prohibited by law (liberi e svizzeri…), but we must take responsibility and understand we are part of our children’s education!

I understand it is difficult, and demanding, and requires an effort to change things. Changing is a difficult thing in general. Change requires you to make a deliberate effort, and we know that our mind is wired to take the easiest decision at all times, isn’t it? But the stake here is very high, too high to be neglected, we are talking about our future, the future of our kids and the future of our planet!

To link with the words of Greta Thunberg “Our house is on fire”, and I would add “Our house will rest on fire”, unless we change the way we educate our children.

Nelson Mandela, during his speech in Madison Park High School - Boston 23. June 1990, said that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Let’s take it serious. I appeal to politicians, parents and teachers to take responsibility.

Let’s acknowledge the problems our kids are facing, cause it is our own problem! We MUST do something. There are options, there are different ways to educate children, but we must understand where this system is coming from, and we must face the fear of change to go beyond it!

I have no diploma, no fancy certificate nor a degree to prove I’m capable to teach, educate or talk about this subjects, but I definitely have no fear to acknowledge the truth and speck about it. Hiding will not do any good to our kids!

What we risk in talking about education and trying to do it in a different way, is much less dangerous than what our kids are going to face if we do not change anything! That’s why I won’t remain silent, this is why I urge you to speak out, join in and give your contribution.

Write something, anything, about what you just read above.

If you don’t feel like posting any public comment, just send me a PM and I’ll reply to you privately.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.


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