The 2016 school year has begun and while our children prepare to attend some school for another 180 days, the system of education they will be entering will prepare to standardize, demoralize, and dehumanize them.
Children as young as five years old will learn that they are supposed to be exactly the same as every other child in their class. They will be expected to say the same things at the same time in the same way. They will be expected to sit still and be quiet for long periods of time and then line up in an orderly fashion to be marched to the cafeteria where they will be expected to eat in relative silence.
These children will not be allowed to explore their gifts and talents to determine what they love.
They will not be given the opportunity to play with various toys and costumes to see if they gravitate toward a particular talent or occupation.
They will be tested twice a week to see how many words they know and then they will be classified as learning disabled if they do not know enough of the right words even though they may know other words not on the list.
Each day these five year old children will be set at computer screens to play learning games while being denied the opportunity to talk to their neighbors and share the experience.
Today’s school child even dresses they same as every other child in their school in order to further standardize and marginalize their individuality.
When we provide every child in America with the opportunity to discover their individual gifts and talents, we open a world of possibility to that child.
When we teach every child in America how to develop their natural gifts and talents they will be confident in their ability to be successful in life.
When we direct the natural gifts and talents of every child in America towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens, we will have fulfilled the dream of those who drafted our Constitution, “freedom and justice for all.”
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