Our government spends more
than 550 billion dollars per year on education, yet home schooled children -
who have markedly fewer financial resources - continue to outperform those
students who are schooled in traditional classrooms. In order to truly
reform the system, we will need to cease placing such excessive value on
standardized testing, and realize that education may not always be easily
quantified. This site focuses largely on the detrimental psychological
effects of institutional rigidity and the "tough standards movement."
The "Tough Standards" Movement:
A psychiatrist's description of the "Tough Standards" movement and an
explanation of how school interests are dominated by the political and
Education and Freedom:
Education discussed as a coercive psychological system that forces students
to conform, and prevents them from thinking for themselves or developing
according to their own personal constitution's.
How People Learn
The system fails to
recognize that all people learn differently. Males often learn
differently than females. This lack of recognition leads many people
to denial and a lack of emotional integration.
Getting the Big
Picture: Not everyone is able to learn solely through the use of the
written word. We need a teaching method that works for everyone, and
incorporates other methods of learning.
Education for the Whole
Brain: The human brain has many parts, but our present educational
system only addresses a small percentage of these.
Short and Long Term
Memory: Forcing students to do rote memorization and complete repetitive
exercise does nothing in terms of actual learning. Short term memory, rather
than actual understanding or long term memory, is what the school system's
Through Excessive Control: Schools function similarly to cults,
controlling the lives of their students, and hindering their healthy
emotional and mental development.
Discovering Who We
Are: Forcing students to take part in a rigid curriculum stunts their
growth as unique individuals. Education shouldn't be mandatory, but
rather, an invitation.
Mental illness is now the leading cause for hospitalization of children ages
5 through 19. Rather than help to alleviate this problem, our schools
only make it worse.
Mindfulness: Much of the dysfunction that plagues the modern family can
be traced back to false ideas and damaging practices that are an inherent
part of the school system.
The Alienation of
Emotion: A personal experience from my psychiatric training, and
commentary about the high prevalence of mental illness in our society.
Alienation In The
Life Of Students: The modern classroom produces feelings of alienation,
particularly when the administration controls the curriculum, and the
students feel powerless.
Tracing anger back to early childhood development, I found that it was
usually the result of three things: abuse, control, and neglect. Three
things that are prevalent in our schools.
Leader: Article by Periel Kaczmanrek that explores the flaws of
"Do No Harm" :
The present educational system is damaging to young people. If it doesn't
serve to help young people learn, it should at least adopt the rule of doing
Famous High School
Dropouts: A partial listing of some famous and highly successful high
Storm Of The Century:
Discussion of symbolism found in the compelling novel by Stephen King, which
has also been adapted into a film. Fear, forced compliance, and a
system that operates on the "give me what I want and I'll go away"
A Logical Overview:
Our entire school system is based on faulty logic, which, in turn, is based
on false assumptions. We must reexamine our beliefs regarding the
functioning of society.
Education as Top
Priority: In a poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates,
76 percent of the respondents asserted that the federal government should
increase spending for education, thus ranking education as the most
important issue among 14 issues including health care, Medicare and crime
(cited in Public Agenda Online, 2002b).
Institutionalization and Deschooling: The adverse impact of
institutions on patients living in psychiatric facilities can be analogized
to the experiences of children who have been subjected to the pressures of
Animals in Captivity
vs. Animals in the Wild: One of the key problems with placing
animals in captivity is the fact that the typical development of their
authentic being is arrested at all levels.
A list of books that discuss school reform, and support the conclusions upon
which our ideas for educational change are based.