Compliance versus self-regulation

I’ve stumbled* on a really really fascinating article at “Education Canada” on the difference between compliance (lots of kids sat in rows listening to the teacher read a story, a few sticking up their hands when a question’s asked because they’re engaged, while everyone else is disguising their boredom/lack of engagement) versus self-regulation (all kids engaged in different projects/small groups, largely self-selecting). There’s lots in there about power, self-confidence, nurturing, open space (though that’s not the term used) etc.

Of course,
a) it would cost more in the short term in teachers’ wages and education budgets. Long-term savings from lower rates of self-harm, anti-social behaviour etc etc would help other silos’ budget pressures…
b) teachers would have to give up some control while learning a bunch of new skills
c) capitalism/state socialism doesn’t want empowered, intelligent citizens. It wants soul-sucked fleshbot widgets. And by and large, it gets them.

Also on the different experiences of education for rich and poor, see the amazing article by Cynthia Peters “The boy next to me sings all the time

* stumbled while pootling around the Interwebz for stuff on “cultures of resilience” (all links gratefully received).

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2 Responses to Compliance versus self-regulation

  1. vera says:

    Ishmael (Quinn) says that schools are designed to produce kids who have zero skills so that that they have to begin at the bottom of the economic system. Until then, they are just cooped up and out of the job market.

    This stuff about opening things up… been around since late 60s. Privileged kids get some of that. But they are still institutionalized…

    I am for unschooling myself. Or Neil’s Summerhill, which was as close as it gets to it.

    Once I dreamed of opening a place… out in the country near a good sized town, where there would be no teachers. Each adult would be responsible for befriending and following closely about 10 kids… and make sure that one way or another, the necessary basics were learned. Older/faster kids would help the others, and *everybody* would learn the basics. The rest of the time, people from the community would give workshops, esp. retired folks. And the kids could just free play, or take workshops, or both. The place would be set up like an adventure playground… Given the reality of people being wage slaves and many not being able to set up unschooling, this would work, I think.

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