Recently Jaden Smith, son of actor Will Smith received negative comments from mainstream media for his comments about the system of education in America.
“If Everybody In The World Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society;” and
“School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth;” and
“If Newborn Babies Could Speak They Would Be The Most Intelligent Beings On Planet Earth.”
The young actor is not wrong.
Our current system of education is wrought with failure, mis-educating even the most well-educated in America.
The fact that homeschooling is rapidly increasing across the United States, lends credence to Smith’s first statement since parents are a child’s first and generally best teacher.
The acceptance of a Common Core Curriculum and Standardized testing actually prove Smith’s second statement that “School is the tool to brainwash the youth”.
To teach all children the same thing in the same way and then test their acquisition of that teaching in the same format for ten years is tantamount to brainwashing.
Smith’s last statement could not be more correct since newborn babies are free of the fears and hatred they acquire as they get older.
The reaction to Smith’s comments actually prove rather than disprove his points.
Our current system of education does not concentrate on educating the child but on producing a 21st Century workforce that is intelligent enough to do the work and complacent enough not to question the relevance of the work being done.
Free thinking children grow up to become free thinking adults and free thinking adults cannot be told how to live, what to wear, what to think, and most importantly, how to vote.
It is interesting that the mainstream media noted the negative comments Smith received without reporting any positive comments received. This is all part of the “brainwashing” Smith attributes to schooling.
Smith never said that education was not important, his comments were about school.
It is time we stop “schooling” our children and begin to provide them with an excellent, child-centered, developmentally appropriate education.
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