*** The public schools here are into critical thinking as their teaching method. So I am not certian what other method you prefer. Nor why critical thinking would be considered distructive. Please fill me in on this. I have always used critical thinking methods to teach my children and don't really know anything better. I would love for you to fill me in on what is a better teaching method and why critical thinking methods are destructive. Thanks.
Actually, critical thinking is what I'm striving for. The public schools here are just starting to explore the idea of teaching it, and only the most "progressive" ones, and in completely a half-assed way. And with critical thinking skills, you either teach it, or you don't. You can't half-way do it.
For one thing, I'm completely opposed to the idea of "periods", where, when a Pavlovian bell rings you shut your brain down, forget what you were doing and move on to the next factory shift, --err, "subject". There is no spontaneity, variance in focus, or value to continuing a task through to completion.
****You haven't looked into private schools yet have you? How you described public schools is how I would describe the privare schools. The private schools teach their personal agenda and not necessarily any type of critical thinking.
That's a blanket statement. Since private schools are not held to government standards they can be worse or better according to the individual school.
The school Ro is attending is very much geared towards parental and student involvement. Students who do not want to learn are not allowed to disrupt others, and there's none of this namby pamby "detention" stuff. They go straight to the parents with a warning, and continuing problems are expelled, no refunds.
As for prison like, that is a private school. You have to wear uniforms and be just like everyone else. There is very little indivuality. YOu MUST become like everyone else. OFten the reason for much of the issues.
No uniforms. No bells. No periods other than alternating music and art days. Children are encouraged to wear clothing appropriate to their activities. Upper grades maintain and improve their own libraries, and have a in-class kitchen so they can prepare lunch whenever they get hungry.
I could go on and on about private schools and their problems. Many of my friends went to private school and becuase of this absolutly refuse to send their children to private school.
I went to public school and can't imagine sending my children to that hell, and it's gotten much, much worse since I was there. Metal detectors, no lockers, surveilance cameras, no bags or purses, mandated race quotas, armed police roaming the halls. No thanks.
When I researched the private schools I was not impressed at all. Too much religion for one thing, and even if not religion then too strict on trying to create kids who fit perfectly in the box.
No religious tones here. They do say a morning, generic, thought for the day. That's it.
From your discription of schooling you wouldn't like private or public. I suggest home schooling.
That was my first choice, but my wife doesn't feel comfortable with that.
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