posted on Sep, 19 2008 @ 08:40 AM
I think there is quite a serious problem with the way intelligent, curious children are treated in the education system, both by teachers and, perhaps
more obviously and understandably, their less intelligent peers.
Children hate being patronised, but all too often teachers, who are often in a sense less intelligent than the child in question, will talk down to
them, and laugh off questions posed by sharp and inquiring, but as yet not fully developed or informed minds.
I often think that it would be fun to go back to primary school with the vocabulary and confidence I have now and tell my old teachers exactly how
unreasonable, patronising and downright wrong they often were. But when you are a child, you are not properly equipped to defend yourself
intellectually against teachers who show you no respect, which often breeds apathy and disaffection with education, leading to underachievement. This
problem is exacerbated by the dumbing down of the school curriculum so as not to leave behind the less able pupils - simultaneously holding back the
more intelligent and hard working children.
"They hate you if you're clever, and they despise a fool".
[edit on 19-9-2008 by CiderGood_HeadacheBad]