- greg dahlen
- Glendale, CA
- United States
Alumnus, academy of achievement
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No School: Maasai attitude towards formal education?
I'm really interested in the Maasai people of Kenya, and one of their ideas that interests me is their rejection of formal education. Theoretically, anyway, the Maasai try not to send their children to school. It's said that when the Kenyan government tried to force the Maasai to send their children to school, the Maasai would rent children from other tribes and send them to school in their own childrens's place, passing them off as Maasai. The Maasai can reject school because they live very simply, in dung huts, and live from the milk and meat of the cattle they herd. When you live like this, I suppose you don't need school. There's something nice about a child remaining in the bosom of the family, learning from their parents the skills they need to continue in the Maasai way of life. What does the TED community think of the rejection of school?