Sunday, November 13, 2011
Quality over Quantity in Education
Schooling. It's quantity over quality isn't it? Like mass produced shoes, shirts, furniture, sheets, cups and saucers. Make it as cheap as you can and sell at maximum profit.
That's okay. Mass production has its place but does it have to be that way with education? As for me, I am always going to aim to get the best made shoes, the best tailored coat, the most carefully crafted bowls. I prefer to have one pair of well made boots then 10 poorly made, 'slave' laboured ones any day. I prefer to seek out that well made jacket in a used clothing store. I prefer to go without. And so it is with education.
I will pick a kid who knows one subject in depth- whose love and attention to the subject matter is evident. Whose careful and caring research into the topic reflects a depth of understanding-linking this knowledge to the wider context of the world around her.
They are making connections and evolving relationships with that interest as a starting point- their authenticity can not be dismissed.
I would pick that kid over one who has no love for anything. Who has a smidgen of knowledge on this and on that but cares nothing about anything much. That's the kind of kid that schools churn out everyday-ruining natural ability regularly.
Look at the comments from this article to the question (posed to 13 year old kids) "would you want to homeschool?"
Notice the similarity in response to the question.
This is mass thinking at its worse.
These kids have no experience with home schooled or unschooled persons. They have no context whatsoever and yet here they are, voicing ignorant and hasty opinions- worthless half thought out ideas, non truths.
It is shocking to see the way these kids respond.
There was only one kid who was honest enough to say: "I don't know. Let people just do what they want to do."
This is a kid who was not afraid to say that the emperor had no clothes on.