posted on May, 13 2009 @ 08:57 PM
Several pros and cons about schooling. There are a lot of students who will never stay in school mainly because the parents are not paying any
attention to their attendance, school work, activities and so forth beginning
in primary school. It only gets worse by jr. high and in high school they either drop out or skip continuously.
A long time ago, the teachers were allowed to paddle students who violated school rules. Now, parents sign a form that allows or disallows
"corporal punishment" which is one subliminal message that teachers are cruel and unjust.
Then on the other hand, for example at one school, the jr. high boys were without a teacher, left in the school foyer acting up and were made to do
pushups on the concrete driveway. It didn't kill them, but why didn't they have a teacher?
Now, school is an institution just as church, prison, orphanage, even marriage and family is an institution. Institutions have policies or rules
that are in place to promote cooperate human behavior. When the power to enforce school policies is taken away from school authorities then the
students take advantage of the institution. All they can do is flunk and if there is no family support to keep them in school why should they care?
Now, I do agree that many teachers in todays public education system are educated but lack the drive to really teach, because teaching takes more than
assigning a chapter and giving a test. A lot of schools are more interested in sports than in classroom academics and a lot of students are bussed
out to tech schools and won't receive an academic diploma and as much as teachers gripe for raises, I think they are paid for what they produce. I
hope I don't offend anyone, just my opinion.
The failure of students and teachers in education is just another part of the fabric of society that is melting away from social construction. The
attitudes toward the education system is headed for mayhem.
Personally, I believe homeschooling is not the answer. Here , the socialization process is averted from students. If they are home schooled, then
how do they get alternate points of view from someone other than the parents? How will they fit into society when they have been in a closed
institution where they don't learn that one doesn't always get the lead in the school play (get the promotion at the job), they don't have to
incorporate anothers ideas into their work pilot project. Is it going to be easy for them to mainstream into society? I don't know, but school is
definitately and institution that prepares them for adult life, whether it involves pushups or not.