What does school really teach children?
- Truth comes from authority.
- Intelligence is the ability to remember and repeat.
- Accurate memory and repetition are rewarded.
- Non-compliance is punished.
- Conform: Intellectually and socially.
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
—Voltaire (via rodpower78)
and hmmm sometimes i say “this social custom is pointless therefore i will not follow it”
and if i, for example, decide to eat plain pasta with my fingers (because, if there’s nothing on pasta, eating it with the fingers has no negative consequences, but it is very difficult to get the pasta on a fork), then my parents get angry and use this as evidence of my madness, when it is in fact a small rebellion against senseless customs.
i guess not following tradition makes me crazy (according to some child psychogists. some, thank god, recognized it for the non-disorder mini protest that it was), even if i explain my position. i mean, if people think you are clinically insane when you don’t use a fork, it goes to show how mad they think you are when you oppose, say, our entire system of behavior towards children.
my parents can say “you’re defiant” all they want; i’m not going to give up personal autonomy “because i say so”. i view their authority as illegitimate, therefore, i don’t bind myself to their words. you want a pushover child, “obedient”, who does whatever you say and cannot think for herself? you want a child with no moral compass who attaches himself to any authority figure, legitimate or not? the most tragic historical events have been caused by blindly following illegitimate authorities (i mean this was a huge part of the Nuremberg trials).
"disobedient" child? well good for them they should have no obligation to behave however you want.
"Why can’t we all just get along?" is not a political stance. It oversimplifies the situation while shifting equal blame onto the parties involved, completely ignoring the context of the conflict at hand. Peace cannot be achieved by turning a blind eye to wrongdoings because you don’t want to analyze a situation.
it’s ignorance, laziness, and an unwillingness to think about one’s roles in oppressive power structures
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im in high school (eeew)
my favorite disney movie is aristocats. what’s not to love about cute homeless formerly-rich kittens meeting a jazzy street cat???
Adult Privilege is expecting young people to be mindlessly obedient to adults, then wondering why some young people are mindlessly obedient to peer pressure.
I'm Unschooled. Yes, I Can Write.: Emotional Health and the Power of Choice, or Why Kids Should be Able to Avoid Things
But what unschooling can do is let you avoid some of the worst situations and some of theunnecessaryones. It gives children and teens a lot of the same freedom adults have, to quit a job with an abusive boss or stop going to that quilting class where people keep talking behind other peoples’ backs.I think that children and teens, when given that freedom, can’t help but be at least a bit healthier, happier, and better equipped to deal with difficulties in more intentional ways.Second new post in a week on the unschooling blog!
oh fuckin kay so I GET TREATED LIKE SHIT every day BECAUSE IM A KID people think “they know what’s best for me” because they’re older. naw, bitch, you fuckin dont, and you have no ethical rights to “punish” me for ANYTHING now go fUCK YOURSLEVES
EVERYTHING i do is seen as inferior i’m sofuckin done
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trundlebear said: It’s extremely common for the older person to tell the younger that they’re “so much more mature” than people the older person’s age, or that they act so much older — and younger people desperately want to believe it. I did. It’s a huge red…