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Paul van Zoggel

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Stop punishing kids in primary schools for being wrong.

Ken Robinson + Kathryn Schulz = teach kids being wrong is not a bad thing.

Until we enter primary school, we learn through play. Experiment, explore, test ourselves, mirror heroes (parents and cartoons). At 2 years old we seriously push boundaries and our powers. And than it HAPPENS ; At primary schools our names start ending up on lists, making mistakes is punished. Being wrong is wrong from then on for the rest of our lives.

Can we stop doing that? Who knows how?

It's an idea I hope is spreading already as there are 136.000.000 toddlers of 2 years old who soon will be told wrong IS wrong.


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  • Apr 21 2011: I actually studied 'Education' in college. We did not receive good coursework! I left that 'trade' for one that could provide a position for me but have worried about the system ever since. At the time A.S. Neill and Summerhill school in Britain were the guiding light. The students pushed themselves. Once a manager called Neill to ask him him why in earth he should hire one of Neill's students. Neill merely said that the boy had learned to solve any problem or task given him. Months later, the same manager called back asking Neill to tell him of any other young boys he could send his way - because the boy had proven to be such a wonderful employee.

    In my student teaching, I found such dis-affection for school by the 7th through 12th graders! It seemed the same when my children went to public school - luckily they had good schools and teachers backing them up - as well as coaches - the cross-country coach started with a meagre team of 10 to 12 and built it up to over 100. Besides being the the Physics teacher, he became one of the anchors of student life. Anyway, students DID NOT want to be in school in my time, and the love for information needs to be cultivated.

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