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Sharon Fitzpatrick

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Schools are terrible places for children.

In the name of civilization we lock up our children for seven to twelve hours each weekday..subjecting them to experiences that mark them for the rest of their lives...the least we could do is give them a fair chance and give them school when they have a choice, in college, where they can defend themselves.

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    Josh S

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    Mar 10 2013: Because some of us want to make something of our lives, and i have yet to find a single, sucesful person, who said theyre education was worthless (k-12 grades). Because without education, we are nothing. Thats why we make children go to school.
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      Mar 10 2013: It's not the popular thing to say. But you are right, Josh, that not very many educated people wish they hadn't gotten their educations. While people talk each other into the idea that schooling is worthless, those quietly getting a serious education, even when it is challenging and every day isn't full of praises, are the ones who will have the skills and insights to push the frontiers of their fields.
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        Mar 10 2013: I got very little education in public school. It is a terrible place! It is set up to be a mold in which to squash the creative thinking of little children into the mold of the current dominant culture.

        Fortunately good things can be found in school. Good teachers, resources, good friends....but school itself is set up to fulfill a need the world no longer has.

        Education and school are not the same thing!
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          Mar 10 2013: Sorry you had such a bad experience, Linda. It does vary so much from school to school.
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        Mar 15 2013: A good education is essential for life. This talk by Shane does touch upon a very important issue. Improvements need to be made EVERYWHERE because school is not the only place this happens. But schools are the best place for START implementing anti-bullying systems.
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          Mar 16 2013: Thank you, Juliette. There is indeed lots of room for improvement in schools to make sure they reach students who have different learning needs. But people's fixed images of what schools are is often tied very tightly to their particular schooling experiences and how well they personally were able to learn from the particular resources at hand.

          In fact schools vary widely in the pedagogies they have in place and even in how students are treated. Many assumptions ignore the variety. Some students learn easily in a variety of contexts and others shut down at the smallest obstacle.

          I agree that there is no place for bullying or intimidation in schools.

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