"..today's students are not prepared to critically evaluate the information they find..." Hmm... I wonder WHY?
Upon finally learning to speak, children incessantly inquire "why?" That this youthful quest for understanding be referred to in the American vernacular by the disdainful term "the terrible twos" speaks tragic volumes.
A response to my disheartening stint as a public school prisoner (and then prison guard/teacher), "Beartraps!" compresses exhaustive research and a childhood of suspicions into one (verbosely) succinct statement:
When ignorant adults (be they family, teacher or ordained minister) threaten with violent punishment for disobeying their/God's commandments--thereby instilling fearful lies into children under the guise of "truth"--it quite often destroys the kids' innate thirst for knowledge, and should unequivocally be considered ABUSE.
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Erica Goldson does not believe in limitations and sees schools as the institutions where limitations are primarily instilled into young minds. Instead of subscribing to rigid modes of learning, she calls on us to be as malleable and dynamic as the world itself. Erica Goldson has been speaking, writing, and exploring alternative education since her controversial high school graduation speech two years ago. Her speech is not only on YouTube and various sites throughout the web, but it's also published in Pearson's Writing Arguments: 9th Edition textbook. As of now, she is living in Guatemala, working as a volunteer English teacher at an all-girls secretarial skills school. After learning about the need of the people of Lake Atitlan to converse with tourists with limited Spanish, she is also establishing her own English school in hopes to build a better economy.
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