Problems With the Schooling System

Fingers are point­ed at var­i­ous aspects of the school­ing system—overcrowded class­rooms, lack of fund­ing, teach­ers who can’t pass com­pe­ten­cy exams in their fields, etc. But these are just sec­ondary prob­lems. Even if they were cleared up, schools would still suck. Why? Because they were designed to.

How can I make such a bold state­ment? How do I know why Amer­i­ca’s pub­lic school sys­tem was designed the way it was (age-seg­re­gat­ed, six to eight 50-minute class­es in a row announced by Pavlov­ian bells, empha­sis on rote mem­o­riza­tion, lord­ed over by unques­tion­able author­i­ty fig­ures, etc.)? Because the men who designed, fund­ed, and imple­ment­ed Amer­i­ca’s for­mal edu­ca­tion­al sys­tem in the late 1800s and ear­ly 1900s wrote about what they were doing.

Thank you, shun­ra!

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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