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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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    Mar 10 2013: It depends on the where the schools are... (that you are referring). I had a great schooling time, and I still have contact with my elementary/high school teachers, who played key roles in shaping my present (and future). The one thing that I agree with you might be what people do in schools. Nowadays, it's not the teachers nor the children that are important in schools --- it is rather focused at pleasing parents. Children are pounded with new things to learn and remember, when technology is making "fact-based-learning" obsolete. Before the advent of the Internet (in it's current form), schools were teaching children to "remember" facts and reproduce those facts in examinations. Now, Google can do all that. So, you idea is... when you can have a device that can remember all the facts, then why put years of effort on learning just a small portion of it? Instead, schools can teach children CREATIVITY -- how to make use of the information available to create new things -- in other innovation.

    Thank you.
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      Mar 10 2013: While I'm a fan of your post in general, we still come across the problem that you can find "fake facts" on the internet. It's sad when we live in a day and age where we so often confuse fact and fiction, but there you go. Evidenced by the extraordinarily large number of people in the US who think global warming is a myth made up by scientists to get everyone to be nice to the environment. They can even find you websites that support their theory. We've gotta learn some small portion of facts, so that we can understand and learn to spot these "fake facts." I think the inability to see BS for BS is a big part of Americas problem right now, and when we rely on google or internet solely for these facts, there is no way to gauge how much of it is BS.

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