Saturday, March 03, 2007

Tech & Quotes

Yesterday we learned about new developments in technology - just check out this Digital Table!

Today's Quotes
"We are students of words; we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Compulsory school is sometimes referred to as a necessary evil since there appears to be no other place or method for children to learn and grow in modern society. Since World War Two we have, through law and custom, increasingly made school the center of our children's lives, turning school into their entire world and fueling their belief that if they fail in school they will fail in later life. The past thirty years have seen a marked increase in the drugging of children in our schools to make them more compliant to compulsory schooling: Ritalin, Prozac, and Lithium are commonly dispensed to children of all ages in America in order to help them cope with the social and academic life of school. Further, the increase in violence at schools is a vivid reminder that not all children are content with the social life of school or with the type of future school prepares them for. Educators and politicians often cite video games, the availability of guns, and poor parenting as the reason these acts of violence take place and they fund programs to address these issues. However these short-sighted fixes completely overlook the perpetrators choice of targets and clearly stated reasons - their hatred of school and its social castes - and thus obscure the real issue that needs to be addressed: how do we help children learn and grow when they are not doing so in school? I am not proposing that these children be homeschooled, but that we look at homeschooling for ideas of other places for children to be besides school." Patrick Farenga

1 comment:

Gill said...

Ooh that's a thought-provoking quote, isn't it? Where do you find these things?