Monthly Archives: January 2011

Finally!

I think that this time I am actually glad the holidays are over. I can breathe a huge sigh of relief and go get my infusion a week late. I certainly can tell it is late so to save myself from typing, I present a guest post from Nobody that I hope you will enjoy:

Modern Philosophies of Education

Philosophy: Children will teach each other.

I agree that children do in fact teach each other things, but I question whether we want them to learn some of those things. As a child, some of the things I learned from other children were potty jokes and sex jokes though, alas, despite my best efforts and the efforts of several boys, I failed to learn how to make farting noises by putting my hand in my armpit. What disappoints me is that while this philosophy is given lip service and some actual use in lower grades, it is not applied to driver’s ed for some strange reason. I can’t imagine why there would be a problem with putting four 15- and 16-year-olds in a car, handing them the keys, and expecting that they will teach each other to drive safely and courteously. Actually, given some of the driving I’ve seen, perhaps it has already been put into practice somewhere.

Philosophy: Children must be with other children while learning so they can socialize.

No wonder America’s math scores are slipping. Children are too busy socializing to focus on math. This could also explain the horrible abuses of the English language that unfortunately are coming to be accepted. The children are too busy socializing to learn that subjects and verbs must agree with each other.

Philosophy: Children should learn a second language.

This wouldn’t be a bad idea but for the fact that we can’t seem to teach them a first language properly.

Okay, I might be a bit biased about education. I am an under-educated, under-achieving, under-socialized, undoubtedly rabid former home-schooler (who was so badly delayed in my intellectual development that I didn’t start college until the advanced age of fourteen). Instead of learning academics from other children, I learned them from my parents and grandparents. Instead of socializing while learning, I focused on what I was learning, which, by the way, was tried and true old fashioned stuff. One of the books I learned reading from was the same one from which my great grandfather learned to read. I did not learn from fashionable materials, but I learned from good ones. I repeated things until I got them right and I continued to repeat them so I wouldn’t forget. Old fashioned, yes, and not the fashion then or now, but highly effective. By the way, while I did learn some obnoxious things from other kids, I didn’t carry them on. I learned manners from older people.

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