Reduce the amount of Time Children spend at School

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Kids are constantly forced to go to school even though the majority of them hate it and they have a good reason to do so Schools are incredibly tedious and boring, and in some cases can even be argued to be modern day slavery this is due to Kids being forced to work in school due to the threat of punishments and are not being compensated for it, so i call on the UK government to reduce the amount of time a Child has to spend at school.

Along with this Kids also have their Human Rights violated daily as in school you are not allowed freedom of speech or association.

Another issue is incompetent teachers which can be a huge issue in schools for example teachers constantly punish the wrong people in schools, and punishing a student for no reason can have serious physiological effects on students.

Again another issue is high amounts of homework which causes lots of issues one being that it makes it harder for students to follow their passion as the school will demand that instead of following their passion they should compete homework.

Take one example of a good school system (This is a bit of a bad example but it is relevant) The Education system in the Soviet Union had much better policies such as, Forbidding teachers from disciplining students, Forbidding teachers from setting homework, The removal of School uniforms, And teaching students things more things to do with work life for example taking school trips to factories.

If you think school is not prison, please explain the difference.

The only difference I can think of is that to get into prison you have to commit a crime, but they put you in school just because of your age. In other respects school and prison are the same. In both places you are stripped of your freedom and dignity. You are told exactly what you must do, and you are punished for failing to comply. Actually, in school you must spend more time doing exactly what you are told to do than is true in adult prisons, so in that sense school is worse than prison.

 At some level of their consciousness, everyone who has ever been to school knows that it is prison. How could they not know? But people rationalize it by saying (not usually in these words) that children need this particular kind of prison and may even like it if the prison is run well. If children don't like school, according to this rationalization, it's not because school is prison, but is because the wardens are not kind enough, or amusing enough, or smart enough to keep the children's minds occupied appropriately.

But anyone who knows anything about children and who allows himself or herself to think honestly should be able to see through this rationalization. Children, like all human beings, crave freedom. They hate to have their freedom restricted. To a large extent they use their freedom precisely to educate themselves. They are biologically prepared to do that. 

 Compulsory schooling follows a similar brainwash technique to slavery. Dehumanize the subject and convince them that they are inferior and that what is being done to them is for their own good. Students aren’t allowed to make their own ideas, because they are wrong, according to the school. What they did as a child will not matter because schooling is more important than your personal life. Many adults often insult this generation, and other generations before have gone through similar experiences. However, some teenagers just accept it: what’s being done for them is good, and they’ll pass that down to other generations. This was a tactic which partly helped slavery still exist, and is still used today to justify compulsory schooling.

Another maddening tactic used to justify compulsory schooling is the idea that education must be boring, and that there is no other way to do it but “the right way”. If you say school is boring, either you’re going to be recommended to be treated for ADHD, or you’ll be told by a teacher, “learning isn’t necessarily fun, so pay attention!”. But who said education has to be boring? Why are we told it’s for our own good? Why are ideas such as autodidacticism and democratic free schools so taboo in schools? Because schools want us to conform, and schools want us to be slaves. Of course, learning doesn’t have to be boring. There are so many resources on the internet these days (such as Wikipedia) learning doesn’t have to be in the traditional classroom style. 

Some of the many similarities between School and Slavery include 

 

*Being forced to work without being legitimately payed. Kids have to do homework, pay attention, classwork, and many other assignments that they don’t want to do but have to do because “it’s for their own good”.

*No compensation. Kids can’t get back the years they lost to a school, nor can they be payed back.

*Being forced to do things against your own will, and deprived of being able to leave. Compulsory schooling is the law in most countries, and every kid must have some sort of schooling. No exceptions. If the student fails to attend, they and their family will be arrested. Sometimes the child may be put for adoption or be forced to be in a foster home, whether they like it or not.

*Being deprived of the right to protest and refusal to work (strike). Students have no right to strike or protest what is being done to them. They have no unions. If they refuse to work, they’ll be punished swiftly.

*By birth, you must go to a school. Guess who else had to work by birth? Slaves

In School we destroy the disinterested (I do not mean uninterested) love of learning in children, which is so strong when they are small, by encouraging and compelling them to work for petty and contemptible rewards — gold stars, or papers marked 100 and tacked to the wall, or A’s on report cards… in short, for the ignoble satisfaction of feeling that they are better than someone else…. We kill, not only their curiosity, but their feeling that it is a good and admirable thing to be curious, so that by the age of ten most of them will not ask questions, and will show a good deal of scorn for the few who do.

Now i am going to include a few anti school quotes

“Education itself is a putting off, a postponement; we are told to work hard to get good results. Why? So we can get a good job. What is a good job? One that pays well. Oh. And that’s it? All this suffering, merely so that we can earn a lot of money, which, even if we manage it, will not solve our problems anyway? It’s a tragically limited idea of what life is all about.”

“Because schools suffocate children’s hunger to learn, learning appears to be difficult and we assume that children must be externally motivated to do it. As a society, we must own up to the damage we do to our children…in our families and in our schools. We must also be willing to make the sweeping changes in our institutions, public policies and personal lives that are necessary to reverse that harm to our children and to our society.”

“Traditional education focuses on teaching, not learning. It incorrectly assumes that for every ounce of teaching there is an ounce of learning by those who are taught. However, most of what we learn before, during, and after attending schools is learned without its being taught to us. A child learns such fundamental things as how to walk, talk, eat, dress, and so on without being taught these things. Adults learn most of what they use at work or at leisure while at work or leisure. Most of what is taught in classroom settings is forgotten, and much or what is remembered is irrelevant.”

“I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas, if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself, instead of sitting indoors at a little round table, while a sweet-voiced teacher suggests that he build a stone wall with his wooden blocks, or make a rainbow out of strips of coloured paper, or plant straw trees in bead flower-pots. Such teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of, before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experience.”

"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."

“The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a creative mind to spot a wrong question.”

"Reward and punishment is the lowest form of education."

"Children are born passionately eager to make as much sense as they can of things around them. If we attempt to control, manipulate, or divert this process… the independent scientist in the child disappears.”

"Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment."

"Kids who are in school just visit life sometimes and then they have to stop to do homework or go to sleep early or get to school on time. They’re constantly reminded they are preparing for real life. While being isolated from it."

"What makes people smart, curious, alert, observant, competent, confident, resourceful, persistent – in the broadest and best sense, intelligent – is not having access to more and more learning places, resources and specialists, but being able in their lives to do a wide variety of interesting things that matter, things that challenge their ingenuity, skill, and judgement, and that make an obvious difference in their lives and the lives of the people around them."



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