In order to become the supreme adult, you must perform the seven wonders:
- Public speaking
- Not being afraid of teenagers
- Calling the doctor yourself
- Arguing without crying
- Having a normal sleep pattern
- Having an…
I used to be a supreme adult, but I’ve regressed to normal adult.
7:38 am • 5 February 2014 • 375,832 notes
when will america learn….
We won’t learn, because our education system sucks
Instead of treating kids like machines in a factory, being created into obedient workers. It looks like in Finland they’re treated like actual humans.
it’s also because all teachers there have masters’ degrees, and teaching is seen as a prestigious profession like medicine or law.
What’s actually wrong with American schools is not that they’re not like Finnish schools.
What’s wrong with American schools is that they’re an outdated relic of the early 20th century, where the object was to train a child to have the mindset required to work in a factory job long hours of the day, as at the time that mandatory public school was instituted, that was the main expectation of children.
As the industrial age faded and the US entered the era of private sector jobs, the education system failed to reflect that change, and they’re still training us to have the mindset for an industrial job, not a job in today’s job market.
The problem with American schools is not that they’re not like Finnish schools.
The problem with American schools is that they’re preparing us for jobs that no longer exist.
I keep seeing this reblogged as if that system were ever a good and positive thing for children. The American school system wasn’t designed to prepare young adults to enter the work force as free and independent agents. It was designed to indoctrinate children so that they would not complain about the dangerous, monotonous industrial work ahead of them. It was designed by factory owners with the express purpose of quelling working class revolt before it happened. It was designed to repress individual thinking and to increase dependence. Capitalists watched socialism rising up across the world and they designed American schools to ensure it would not happen here.
You want to know what kind of school you get when you apply that thinking to the modern workplace?
This is an example of a Rocketship school, charter schools that target “primarily low-income students in neighborhoods where access to excellent schools is limited.”
How do parents feel about their children being so excellently prepared for the current job market? See for yourself. These schools prey upon low-income communities, especially in areas with high Latin@/Hispanic populations. They’re becoming increasingly popular because they do exactly what the old industrial schools did: they create a workforce. After you’ve spent thirteen formative years of your life in a call center, after all, what more could you possibly want out of life? Education, arts, independent thinking: those things are for rich children.
Stop pretending that “being prepared for jobs” is a GOOD thing to do to CHILDREN.
Yup. Here’s a quote from one factory owner, the Rockefeller General Education Board:
"We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or men of science. We have not to raise up from among them authors, educators, poets or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians, nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen, of whom we have ample supply. The task we set before ourselves is very simple…we will organize children…and teach them to do in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way."
Read the rest at http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/2i.htm
People who say that American schools don’t work don’t understand what they’re designed to do. They’re designed to discourage creativity and create an obedient workforce and they do that really well. We must completely redesign the system from the ground up if we want it to serve people.
7:50 am • 24 January 2014 • 199,793 notes
“The belief in markets is a religious belief. Rationally, we know of all kinds of fundamental, what are called, “inefficiencies” in markets. But the belief that they can solve everything and that everything can have a value determined by the market, I think you can regard that as a religious belief. The other day I happened to be reading a careful, interesting account of the state of British higher education. The government is a kind of market-oriented government and they came out with an official paper, a “White Paper” saying that it is not the responsibility of the state to support any institution that can’t survive in the market. So, if Oxford is teaching philosophy, the arts, Greek history, medieval history, and so on, and they can’t sell it on the market, why should they be supported? Because life consists only of what you can sell in the market and get back, nothing else. That is a real pathology.”
— Noam Chomsky (via noam-chomsky)
(Source: zcommunications.org, via noam-chomsky)
9:11 am • 19 January 2014 • 128 notes
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9:26 pm • 15 January 2014 • 226,811 notes
Chozen: Series Premiere Jan 13 | Mon 10:30PM
BUT HEY ALSO THIS SHOW PREMIERES TONIGHT AND IT IS MY FIRST ~REAL~ TELEVISION WRITING CREDIT AND WE SPENT 12 WEEKS OF 14 HOUR WORK DAYS TO MAKE THE SEASON HAPPEN AND THIS MEANS I WROTE MY FIRST EPISODE OF TELEVISION BEFORE I TURNED 20 AND I THINK I AM PROUD AND HAPPY IM JUST NOT 100% SURE HOW TO ALLOW THOSE FEELINGS TO MANIFEST THEMSELVES
I’ll be watching!
10:13 pm • 13 January 2014 • 87 notes
BILL WATTERSON ‘A cartoonist’s advice’
I have no comment. This sums it up perfectly.
(Source: zenpencils.com, via livealifethatscompletelyfree)
8:48 pm • 8 January 2014 • 138,771 notes