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Welcome to Learning in Freedom, a blog all about the learning adventures (and mishaps) of the Allen family. My four children are unschooled, following their interests and passions every day and living the lives of their choosing. The purpose of this blog is to share our every day lives (and my not-so-humble opinons) with anyone interested in stopping by. We hope this will give a glimpse of how natural learning unfolds from day to day......

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Public education??

WHY trust the public education system with your child's education? If anyone, EVER, ever, ever questions your choice to home educate your child you need to show them this video. I guarantee these are all high school graduates. I never want to hear how great public education is again. NEVER.

Hilarious Proof of How Bad U.S. Educational System Really Is

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Blogger Frank said...

Jaywalking was always painful to watch, especially so because many of his "best" interviews were with college students or even graduates. Incredible.

3:44 AM  
Blogger Ren said...

It looked like that girl who was clueless about the Gettysburg address was about to be a college grad. Very frightening.

9:34 AM  
Blogger boysmomma said...

That was horrifying -but beyond public education, that information is all around us! How do you go through life and NOT pick up some of those facts?

9:35 AM  
Blogger Ren said...

Because education makes you believe you need to be taught. It makes you believe learning is difficult and painful and that the information they spoonfeed you is icky. Why pay attention to interesting facts all around you when you've shut down to the fascinating world because teachers have caused the above to happen?

If you're force fed the Gettysburg Address ad nauseum, you will then avoid it and forget about it after the test. Much better to leave the curiosity and joy intact and trust that a person will learn anything they need at any time in life and one does not need to memorize or be spoon fed bits of information at any particular time.

I think public education creates less intelligent people. The ones who survive it and go on to learn a lot, do it on their own anyway. The only real learning happens from that internal source of interest.

10:07 AM  
Blogger boysmomma said...

Oh, I absolutely agree with you about learning becoming so painful in schools that a child will resist gaining information. I watched it happen in my oldest son before we pulled him out of school and I see it in the neighbors kids who have told my kid to stop telling them interesting facts because they "don't need to learn if they are not in school." To quote my son-"That's just sad."

I'm just surprised that basic information (such as who was the first president of the United States) doesn't sink in unconciously. Presidents day ads, jokes on TV shows, commercials for sleeping meds all use this kind of information to reach people. Are people just missing the point of the jokes and ads? That's what I was thinking when I mentioned picking up facts.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Ren said...

Well, there's the fact that some people are just plain D.U.M.B. ;) All joking aside though, maybe they so totally shut down that when they do hear some bit of information bandied about, they avoid it.

I really don't know how some people don't have simple, basic information that is common to society except that they literally sleep their lives away or fill them with something mindless to avoid some discomfort or pain.

10:25 PM  
Blogger ~K~ said...

I think there's definitely an avoidance of facts and info going on. ALSO there's Jay Leno, asking his famous Jaywalking questions (and Letterman does man-on-the-street interviews too). That can be overwhelming. A famous individual asking you questions that you might expect from a teacher or on a test. :P~~ I still resist being tested, thank you.

I know that guy had read his Adidas shirt. He just forgot what it says because he was under pressure.

Exactly why people fail tests! Pressing themselves to perform.

I don't think these things are always an indication of stupidity but definitely they show how people's minds work. And sometimes they know but they aren't impressed with facts and reciting them.

I see classic school resistance. Right at graduation, too! Perfect timing to get people who are so ready to be out of there.

9:34 AM  
Blogger laura said...

i was the "forget it after the test" type...so there is a lot of info i really, truly don't remember or care to know now. public education broke my brain and my desire to learn! it's taken almost my entire life to recapture my sense of wonder.

9:41 AM  

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