What do you want school to be? [VIDEO]

A wonderful video from the Early Learning Alliance. Some of my favorite quotes include:

  • I want school to do no harm. I don’t want my kids coming home less interested in their world than when they left. [YES!!]
  • I wish I felt like I had somewhere to go to learn about what I’m interested in.
  • I seriously just don’t want to be annoyed by mindless crap in my kids’ backpacks. It’s 2018. Are you telling me that those worksheets are still the best we have to offer?
  • I want school to be a reflection of where we are going, not where we have been.
  • I want school to be harder. They go a mile wide and an inch deep. No one needs that in today’s world… I’m pretty sure that’s why God invented the Internet.
  • I want school to not stress me out over stuff that doesn’t really matter. Some of that stuff we are expected to remember, I doubt any adult knows that stuff.

How could you use this video in your own setting? Or, better yet, what could you make with your own community? 

Happy viewing!

2 Responses to “What do you want school to be? [VIDEO]”

  1. So many great quotes. I can’t believe how many times worksheets were mentioned. 🙁

  2. I conducted an admittedly unscientific study this summer. I asked kids a simple question, “DO you like school?” I limited my questioning to children of friends and family. They attended public and private schools from Colorado and Nebraska to Louisiana and South Carolina. With a singular exception, the answers were either a decided, “no” or, in the case of my nephew, I was simply laughed at.

    Of the over two dozen kids I questioned, one said, “yes.” I followed with another question, “What’s your favorite class?”
    “Recess!”
    “What about math or English?”
    “That’s boring.”
    “But you like school?”
    “I guess so.”
    “Why?”
    “Because you’re supposed to.”

    That reply was, in my mind, even worse than “no.”

    I desperately wish school was something kids liked. Kids innately love to learn, why shouldn’t they also love school?

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