Boredom, Consumerism, and Taking Direction or Leaders, Adventurers, and Story Tellers

In the theme of Fearless Fish, I decided to write about a teacher that is taking a very reflective, if not extreme, look at schooling. His name is John Taylor Gatto and he has written a book called Weapons of Mass Instruction. I haven’t read the book itself, but I did read a preview in Ode Magazine called Childhood’s End.

Mr. Gatto presents some interesting observations in the article. His main premise is that the school system manipulates behavior toward weak minds. Boredom, consumerism, and taking direction are three outputs of a working system. I can’t really argue with that and I do echo the need for someone to teach how to think rather than memorization. That is why a few weeks ago I highlighted my disagreement with proposals for a longer school year. Rote memorization is not the answer. We need leaders, adventurers, and story tellers.

I’m not as cyncical about schooling as Mr. Gatto is. We got here from complacency and a real lack of vision. There isn’t a conspiracy theory. It is just hard.

About benleeson
My name is Ben Leeson. I currently work for a large financial company in IT. I went to school at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration concentrating in HR. Professor William Brown taught me and I enjoyed his classes; even acquiring an appreciation for just about all things HR. I didn’t pursue a job in that field after college but I’ve kept up with it. This blog will further my fascination with all things HR. I hope to grow my knowledge of the area through thoughtful writings and spirited feedback. I will attempt to have a fairly routine style so anyone reading can come to expect certain segments. Please excuse my incorrect grammar and occasional misspelling.

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