I think I upset someone yesterday when I said, "education is learning, while schooling is training."
I don't like to get all negative on the school system too often, but
let's call a spade a spade. A typical school day in our past involved
waking Josh (8y) before he was finished sleeping and coercing him out of
bed, into clean clothes, into the car.
He'd be dropped off to wait in a line to go to class.
A bell would ring and he'd walk to class in an approved fashion (quietly, no running).
Another bell, sit still and be quiet.
Another bell, get in line, time to use the restroom (better go now, you won't get another opportunity for a while).
Another bell, get in line, time to be artistic.
Another bell, get in line, time to eat lunch. At 10:30am no less!
Better eat up, this is your only opportunity before 2:45pm when your mom
Bell, get in line, go be active.
Bell, get in line, go sit still and be quiet again.
Bell, get in line, go home. And don't forget your list of stuff to do at home before tomorrow!
Do what they want you to do and you get a treat! Stickers, monopoly
money, special privileges, candy. Don't and not only do you miss out on
the treats, you get punishments. Loss of privileges, red cards, sad
faces, isolation, detention.
The school system is AT LEAST
equally about training as education, if not more. It can easily be
argued that the system's style of 'education' is more training to
regurgitate the 'right' answer at the 'right' time than truly acquiring
I'm sorry if what I'm saying here is upsetting.
I'm not trying to speak negatively of teachers or parents who send their
kids to school. I'm trying to be honest about what is going on at
school, that is all.