Mark your calendars – Race to Nowhere at Crozet Methodist Church.
I recommend we all go – so that we can see and affirm that we’re not alone in recognizing that our educational system has failed. And then we can figure out what to do about it.
When: Friday, September 9, 2011
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Where: Crozet United Methodist Church Sanctuary
Sponsor: Coalition for Childhood
Advanced tickets sold on line for $10.00 or at the door for $15.00.
Update from the comments:
Did you know about the Bartleby Project?
“The Bartleby Project begins by inviting 60,000,000 American students, one by one, to peacefully refuse to take standardized tests or to participate in any preparation for these tests; it asks them to act because adults chained to institutions and corporations are unable to; because these tests pervert education, are disgracefully inaccurate, impose brutal stresses without reason, and actively encourage a class system which is poisoning the future of the nation.” Read John Taylor Gatto’s full statement on the Bartleby Project (it’s long).
Update 2: Seth Godin writes –
Large-scale education was never about teaching kids or creating scholars. It was invented to churn out adults who worked well within the system.
As we get ready for the 93rd year of universal public education, here’s the question every parent and taxpayer needs to wrestle with: Are we going to applaud, push or even permit our schools (including most of the private ones) to continue the safe but ultimately doomed strategy of churning out predictable, testable and mediocre factory-workers??
As long as we embrace (or even accept) standardized testing, fear of science, little attempt at teaching leadership and most of all, the bureaucratic imperative to turn education into a factory itself, we’re in big trouble.?
?The post-industrial revolution is here. Do you care enough to teach your kids to take advantage of it?