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    For your diary.  I really enjoyed reading it.

    I believe that it takes very substantial outside pressure from adults and peers in order to transform kids into adults who can function in society.  This pressure is uncomfortable to kids -- to some kids, it is unbearably painful.  But most kids adapt and go on to function in adulthood.

    Schools need to be prepared to exert this kind of formational pressure on kids.

    I'm not for charter schools, because I think that the institutional structure of school systems we have now is just fine.  Real indicators of academic/social success in schools have to do with race and affluence, not whether or not a school operates under a different charter.

    But I'm also skeptical about alternative schools.  I don't think that a school that attempts to educate students without turning them into adults through the disciplinary pressures that I mentioned above is a successful one.

    For kids that do not flourish in a typical school environment, there is home schooling, I guess.

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    by bink on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 02:46:17 PM PDT

    •  My perception of human nature... (0+ / 0-)

      is that humans are born with an instinct to learn and develop themselves, including a natural desire to become functioning members of society.  They will generally figure out for themselves how to chart their course but can use loving assistance along the way when requested.

      How would you describe your take on human nature?

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      by leftyparent on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 03:55:56 PM PDT

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      •  I Do Think Some Humans (0+ / 0-)

        Are like that.

        But I think that most need the disciplinary pressure of institutions like schools to shape them into adults who can function in society.

        At the same time, I think that there is room within the traditional institution of a school for very positive and enriching student-teacher relationships for those students who want and need them (and those teachers who want to and can provide them).

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        by bink on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 04:33:49 PM PDT

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