Have you noticed how often teenagers hate school?
What happens to kids in between the age of 4 and 17?
These questions remind me of an excerpt from Sir Ken Robinson's book The Element:
There is a basic flaw in the way some policymakers have interpreted the idea of going "back to basics" to upgrade educational standards. They look at getting back to basics as a way of reinforcing the old Industrial Revolution-era hierarchy of subjects. They seem to believe that if they feed our children a nationally prescribed menu of reading, writing and arithmetic, we'll be more competitive with the world and more prepared for the future.
What is catastrophically wrong with this mode of thinking is that it severely underestimates human capacity. We place tremendous significance on standardized tests, we cut funding for what we consider "nonessential" programs, and then we wonder why our children seem unimaginative and uninspired. In these ways, our current education system systematically drains the creativity out of our children.What's ironic is that school might be less about developing and nourishing human capacity and more about human captivity.