Questions about school and education

“I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.”

— Neil Gaiman

1. What, in your experience, is the best thing about school (as it exists now or in your experience)?

2. What, in your experience, is the worst thing about school (as it exists now…) ?

3. What is the purpose of schooling and what should its purpose be?

4. What is worth knowing?/ What is worth teaching in school?

5. If you could design your own school curriculum, what would you teach and how would you teach it?

These are questions I have been asking myself and others as I prepare for my summer job, where I will be creating a summer school curriculum and teaching it to elementary school students. Gaiman’s quote, and the answers to these questions I have received from others, remind me that school can be a lot better than it is now. But what changes need to be made; of those, what are the most important changes; and how will we make the changes? This is the great, and challenging, thing about education: it raises questions from the practical to the philosophical.

Comic via 3eanuts, which reposts Peanuts strips stripped of the last panel

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