Debate Magazine

A New Metaphor

By Stevemiranda

The old metaphor for thinking about school is the factory. Kids show up, move along a conveyor belt, everything is standardized.

Everyone knows we need a new metaphor, and the best one I’ve heard is the garden. Kids are like flowers in that they have everything they need to grow up strong and healthy. All we need to do as teachers is to make sure that the soil is rich and, every once in a while, add water.

Our error is that we’re messing up the metaphor. We’re ignoring the soil. Instead, we’re focused on improving the curriculum, which is like the seed. If we can just engineer a new and better seed, the plant will grow up strong and healthy.

But the schools we send kids to every day are not healthy environments. They’re based not on passion or purpose, but on competition, conformity, and compliance. The relationship between teacher and student is too often defined by a letter grade. Since many kids approach classes with the goal of getting the maximum possible grade for the minimum amount of work, it makes the two parties adversaries instead of allies. Kids are forced into required classes that don’t interest them. The learning time is arbitrarily limited to 55 minute chunks of time, and when the bell rings it’s time to move on to the next thing.

We’re planting seeds in a bed of concrete. That’s why the plant doesn’t grow up strong and healthy.

(Join the discussion at www.facebook.com/reeducate. Get updates at www.twitter.com/reeducate.)


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • A Heartfelt Letter to My First Child - I Miss Those Times Too

    Heartfelt Letter First Child Miss Those Times

    For those of us who chose to have more than one kid, have you ever thought of how life would be if you had only one? You would have so much more time for... Read more

    12 hours, 31 minutes ago by   A Happy Mum
    FAMILY, SELF EXPRESSION
  • This is How to Put Together a Fabulous Outfit In Minutes

    This Together Fabulous Outfit Minutes

    Putting together a stylish outfit everyday doesn't have to be tricky. In fact I've come up with a simple formula that you can use over and over for all... Read more

    12 hours, 34 minutes ago by   Imogenl
    FASHION, LIFESTYLE
  • Cream Scones (Anneka Manning)

    Cream Scones (Anneka Manning)

    version;It was the end of a typical school day as the kids were streaming out from their classes..."Hi Sweetie!""Mum, we baked scones at school today.""Sounds... Read more

    13 hours, 6 minutes ago by   Zoebakeforhappykids
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES
  • Blind Fear

    I write a lot about Love, about Justice, about Intuition- about all the essential things that see without seeing. I think a lot about blind spots, about the... Read more

    The 19 July 2017 by   Rarasaur
    CREATIVITY, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race 2017 – Daily Updates – Day 31 – Alan Young

    Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race 2017 Daily Updates Alan Young

    Latest news, Multiday News, Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race 2017 - Daily Updates - Day 31 Daily Diary Tuesday 18th July -... Read more

    The 19 July 2017 by   Abichal
    OTHER SPORTS, OUTDOORS
  • Review: Hir (Steppenwolf Theatre)

    Review: (Steppenwolf Theatre)

    In Mac's kitchen-sink drama, the meek shall inherit the earth Review by Catey Sullivan Early on in Taylor Mac's Hir , the playwright offers up a monologue... Read more

    The 19 July 2017 by   Chicagotheaterbeat
    CULTURE, THEATRE & OPERA
  • How to Find a Foundation Repair Company

    Do you own a house? If this is the case, you might eventually encounter some problems with your home’s foundation. These problems can become very serious if the... Read more

    The 19 July 2017 by   Peppertan
    FAMILY, HOME