Alfie Kohn explains the real goal of mainstream education in 2 minutes

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  1. Independent Radical March 21, 2015 at 20:15 Reply

    Great clip, but we should not assume that math and science are inherently capitalistic subjects or that the teaching of history and literature cannot be used to preach capitalistic thinking. I believe that math and science are intrinsically valuable because they enable students to develop the ability to think critically and rationally and (if they are taught right) even creatively. But schools and universities tend to teach them in an overly pragmatic way that is focussed on passing exams and getting jobs and whatnot. It’s never about personal development or understanding the world better, but I have seen too many arts students (arts, as in humanities) speak as if math and science are inherently right-wing or oppressive or for white males only. I find this sort of thinking very anti-feminist and condescending to non-white people.

    Besides it’s not as if arts students are any more interesting in learning than other students are, From the way they talk and the amount of attention they pay in lectures, it seems to me like they are all just killing time until their next party. The lack of interest and curiousity which exists in institutions that are supposed to be all about learning is downright shameful. I blame the excessive amount of testing that happens in high school and the fact that the results of these tests have such an influence on one’s future, so I do believe that some form of assessment is necessary so that students can know whether or not they have successfully learnt a concept and how they can improve themselves intellectually.

    • Francois Tremblay March 22, 2015 at 00:18 Reply

      Oh well I hate history and literature so you’re not gonna get any grumbling from me. :)

      I totally agree with what you said about schooling. As you may know, I am a big supporter of the Summerhill School model.

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