What Does School Really Teach Children?

People are not being educated; they’re being tested for levels of obedience. School is about memorizing what you are told short term and repeating it. The bulk of how you are graded is by completing daily work. Obedience is, in fact, work force’s most important quality in a worker bee.

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22 Responses to "What Does School Really Teach Children?"

  1. vannman99  January 26, 2013 at 4:30 am

    With all the feminist talk on inequality, you wouldn’t realize that the ones now in need of focused attention, reform and some form of pro-active affirmative action at school is boys. They’re failing so much at school…..because they’re not wanted there by teachers, administrators, and social workers unless they’re put on meds or stop, resist, control, or expand from acting like… boys. Confidence, brashness, risk-taking is always defined by the feminist perspective sown into liberal-thinking as “cocky”, abrasive, or a 10 year old… “macho”.

    • pranaam  February 2, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      This is scarily true, but the Common Core should help with this problem.

  2. bosh  January 26, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Both the article and the poster above is full of shit. A lot of bad things can be said about education but let’s get serious, telling people that everything they see or hear exists with sole purpose of controling someone is madness. And on evil feminists ruining boys… I dont know what world you live in, children have never been more agressive, violent and impulsive, infact it’s not only children, just turn the tv on, listen to any politician talk about economy and notice how many times he says the word “competitive”.

    • Lisa  January 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      well Bosh..u r wrong on so many levels and this article hit home for me and my son and I will not put him on meds nor will I as a parent allow a teacher to treat him like crap!!!!

    • Cam  February 2, 2013 at 10:20 am

      I agree with bosh, I am a socialist but this doesn’t make me a liberal or a daisy raiser. Discipline is lax in school these days, thus resulting in problems down the road. males need discipline more then their female counterparts. My partner is a teacher and my father taught for 40 years, it is not for control, that simply silly, it is providing skills for higher education.
      He has bared witness to this. As for medicating children, that can fuck right off.

    • j  February 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Its because of the controlled nature of our society that people are a little diff.. We werent meant to be controlled like a bunch of ants.childeren are born pure. Without any knowledge of our physical world. Everything a child learns in school is made up or created by man. Most of it has nothing to do with the reality of love and freedom. The so called tv u watch isnt even true most of the time. So keep watchin like an unconscious zombie and believing everything they tell you.

  3. Donny  January 26, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Amazing video so much truth being spoken. I hated school and would have been diagnosed with ADHD if we had that label for kids who have energy and are board, and i knew from an early age that most of what they were testing me on was non applicable. Reading and learning facts then writing them back down again made no sense to me.

    But collage was amazing we were taught to think for ourselves, and learn things the we could use and were interested in.

    and bosh kids haven’t changed their just a “violent and aggressive” as they used to be. The thing that’s changed is the access to information, so now we hear about more of what’s going on though the world. An example of this in the 60’s Comics were making kids violent and aggressive then it was TV making kids violent and aggressive then movies and now its video games. Its always the same story kids are kids

    • g. wills  February 7, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      where did you go to college (I have a certain 17-year-old…)

  4. nick  January 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    hhmmmm….I’m a teacher, and to honest I do not judge ANY child, be they a boy or a girl. My job is to help support their growth of understanding, this may be them understanding how our society works, both positive and negative, their understanding of themselves, their needs, wants, skills as well as how to behave in a room full of other young people. I also teach them how to communicate. This is important and vital. We all need to understand how to listen to other people who may have the same or different views and opinions, how to express our own views and opinions and how to develop our own thoughts. Communication involves respect, both for ourselves and others, it’s a 2 way thing. It involves all age groups and all sexes, not just those in school, not just those with ADHD or any other kind or ‘disorder’. School should be a positive place, parents, teachers and children should be able to communicate properly to enable growth.

    • Zach  January 27, 2013 at 4:26 am

      So Nick, do you not teach from a curriculum?

  5. Greg Hayes  January 27, 2013 at 8:51 am

    For a select few, meds are absolutely necessary. Without these drugs, a very small group of students would literally be climbing the walls, biting and kicking staff, attacking other students, and destroying school property–EVERY DAY. Stop demonizing medication.

  6. johnnycantcount  January 29, 2013 at 4:46 am

    I absolutely hated school. It was stifling. I would skip for a up to a week or more come back baked and still score within the top percentile.

    • derpderp  February 3, 2013 at 2:45 am

      GED from Wyoming. Self-taught network engineer. Same story. Must be the cheebah.

  7. JP  February 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    … there is a difference between obedience, and respect. School is one of the last places that a child will learn respect, that should be taught by the parent or parents. Then again there is quite a populous of disrespectful adults. You see much on FB with their gutter language they use as if its, ‘the norm’.

  8. dedicatedtochange  February 2, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    the video is merely pointing towards the fact that education is not meeting the needs of today’s children. It needs to evolve. In the same way as we recognise our new born infants require stimulation,( can be read to, spoken to and considered intelligent- these actions have a huge bearing on their brain development), we can no longer pop them in the “play pin”. Equally children beyond 0-3 cannot be undermined, they deserve their innate intelligence, imaginations and creativity to be honed and facilitated. Standardisation doesn’t do this. It fails children. People are preferring to bury their heads in the sand than think outside the box or to think “divergently” as it requires a complete overhaul of teaching. They prefer to hold tightly to what they know and continue with it rather than accept change is essential, each child is an individual and standardised testing etc is never going to cut the mustard for the times we live in now. The autonomy and creative ability of teachers has been ripped to shreds from jumping through the hoops made by Top Down policy makers and government priorities. It’s time to finally accept “one size doesn’t fit all”
    To offer hope and some form of optimism/ solution- educational movements such as forest school and an equal emphasis of teaching/ exposure to the Arts is essential.Schools and education establishments need to honour the grass roots of learning – and REJECT the Top Down, keep it local with an emphasis on imagination and culture…cultivating the best in our children..the future thinkers, creators, inventors and players : )

  9. Brandy Bruneau  February 14, 2013 at 12:11 am

    If you don’t like it? Stay at home, raise and teach your children yourself…

    • Jose  May 26, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Have you heard that the courts had determined that homeschooling is illegal? You must be a teacher or somebody associated with this illegal government or benefiting from it?

  10. Kiwi  February 23, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    its what the parents feed their kids and the fact the TV and computer is their best friend.
    as for teachers, the best teachers respect the kids and the kids behave. if the teacher is of dominant character it helps too for keeping the children in line. Kids get picked on by teachers and if you don’t believe me then its your problem.

  11. Barbara  May 26, 2013 at 6:33 am

    The first thing that needs to change is money from rich districts stays in that district and poor district gets the money from their taxes. The money from all districts in a state need to go into a general education fund and the money be divided at so much per day per student. The same amounts to all be even across the state. If the richer districts decide to do fundraisers to raise the level of education than that is fine and the funds would stay in their district. Education needs to be equal across the board with all children getting the same opportunities.

  12. Jennifer  May 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I did my Masters thesis on how gender effects learning style preference and academic success. Their is a difference in both generally speaking and they do have an effect. I am also the mother of two boys. I can tell you I am worried for them and their motivation. In addition, I am a special education teacher and can tell you statistically boys out number girls 5 to 1
    Having said that I believe there is a solution. It involves administration and their beliefs about education. This is tricky because often them keeping their position relies on test scores. Many do not have the balls to trust themselves and instead focus on testing and raising scores. So, that is why many people blame standardized testing on our national education problem. I want to add that education is also unfair towards girls by keeping many things in society status quo (Sadkar & Sadkar write extensively on the topic). Finally, there is a sad statistic regarding SAT tests. Though males typically score higher in math there are 5 times as many girls who actually take the test and for the first time women outnumber men in college, but they typically major in lower wage majors. To some degree the article is correct. Kids are often over diagnosed with Adhd when in fact it is the lack of exercise they are getting and other factors too. I would check out Ted talks they have some very interesting videos about education and this topoc

  13. wynnegruffyd  May 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    As a teacher in middle school, there is no one reason for the way education is conducted today. However, No Child Left Behind was the biggest disservice to not only students but education as a whole. The one size fits all does not work in the school setting. Teaching to the top as we’ve constantly been reminded does not put all students on the same page much less the same book. It’s frustrating not only to students and parents but also to us teachers who loose the ones who need extra help or modifications to process the info and also the ones who need more challenging work on a faster time frame in the same classroom. Regardless, someone is going to be left behind. Autonomy and creativity has been bred out of the classroom. Rigor, higher order thinking skills, Socratic seminar are the buzz words today even if all the 30 or so students in that classroom are not at the same level to do the same type of work. The public can bash teachers all they want. I dare say 90 percent of people could deal with the extraneous things we do in our job each and every day. Yes, kids are disrespectful and usually because their parents hold schools and teachers in contempt. We deal with change in curriculum, testing, grading, evaluations, administration changes and personnel turnovers constantly, budget cuts, no textbooks, limited resources that forces us to dip into our own pockets to supply pencils, paper, erasers, glue, construction paper, supplemental texts, markers, dry erase boards, etc. but we do it day in and day out cause we love our kids, want to push them to their potential, encourage them to go beyond the norm,give them opportunities they might not normally have, etc. If there is a better way to overhaul the system, I’m for it but not at the expense of those educated and dedicated individuals who are in the thick of it every day. Teachers are adaptable, can multi-task, can do so much with so little….we are NOT the cause of the state of education…we are the scapegoat of those politicians and administrators who put band aids on broken bones and when it doesn’t heal properly blame the one who tried to take what was given and make it as good as it could be. I applaud the girl who had the guts to stand up at graduation and give this speech. Whether she acknowledges it or not, some teacher somewhere helped her have the confidence and the communication and grammar skills to convey her thoughts.

  14. Turtle  May 26, 2013 at 9:20 pm



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