Gold stars, sweets from the teacher’s candy jar, and “Proud Parent of an Honor Roll Student” bumper stickers are the favored instruments of an education system that induces passivity, punishes non-conformity, and prepares students for a life of pleasing the gatekeepers.
Most of us were subjected to this system right out of diapers. As products of this system, most of us subject our children to this system without reflection. What kinds of behavior does this system condition it members to exhibit?
- Sit quietly at their desks
- Color within the lines
- Take copious notes during class
- Nod one’s head in approval whenever the teacher speaks
- Circle their answers on the exam
While some of these behaviors are admirable, as a whole this system is failing to prepare our students for the future.
In some ways I perpetuate this system at the collegiate level.