Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Video: My Experiences with Education and TFI

My Experiences with Education and TFI

Dedicated to all the beautiful, amazing, wonderful kids who, at their personal expense, defied all attempts at psychological conditioning and showed me and so many others the ugly truth of what we were doing to them in their names.

Check out the documentary movie "The Forbidden Education" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByO41gE3dPQ , it sums up most of the elements of the education conundrum that I've mentioned here with clarity and connection. I'll recommend it as a must-watch for all parents as well as teachers.
To download the movie and to read more about their research, go here: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.educacionprohibida.com%2Finvestigacion%2Fpedagogias-y-metodos%2F

No offence meant here, but since it's about systemic issues, it's bound to be difficult for many who are comfortably settled deep inside the system, and whose jobs and way of life depends on it. Well, there will always be a child who stands out and says "Look! The Emperor has no clothes!"
To dear TFI Fellows : you're amazing people, you're my mates, I love you. We've wondered so many times about why it's so darn difficult -- here's why. Question everything, go back to the drawing board.

If you can't watch the movie linked above here are pointers to the literature:

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Modern Schooling by John Taylor Gatto - http://books.google.co.in/books?id=BNg8tdL2IdQC&printsec=frontcover

http://www.swaraj.org/shikshantar/resources_gatto.html

Lots of amazing essays on schooling at : http://www.swaraj.org/shikshantar/resources_factory_schooling.html

Where you can get books in this sector : http://banyantreebookstore.weebly.com/
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To see what schools can actually be if we just let go of the urge to control child development, to get a glimpse of the unlimited potential in store for our children, check out:

The Sudbury Valley school, http://issuu.com/nikhilsheth/docs/the_sudbury_valley_school

Why does a Sudbury Valley School work? http://www.sudval.com/essays/122008.shtml

Why force Reading? http://mountainlaurelsudbury.org/reading.asp

And Rithmetic http://www.scribd.com/doc/14389275/And-Rithmetic-by-Daniel-Greenberg

Persistence http://mountainlaurelsudbury.org/persistence.asp

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Great thanks to http://www.tiddlywiki.com for the technological breakthrough that enabled emailing massive amounts of documentation in a single private attachment in a way that anyone could read through it easily. The management never saw it coming ;)

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