September 11, 2009
I just read an interesting article here by Peter Gray, a professor of psychology, that says over and over, “School is Prison.” He says that a main reason kids don’t like school is that they’ve lost their freedom and their time and activities are completely controlled throughout the public school day.
Since my husband pretty much loved school (the geek) as a kid, and I was banging my head (figuratively) against the classroom walls the whole way through, I’m interested to hear what you think? Did you have that kind of experience in public schools as a kid?
Here are a few fun prison public school moments I remember:
- Writing in my journal with my left hand during a class in a desperate bid for something challenging to do.
- One teacher erased the current homework assignment off the board, because I was doing that night’s homework during his lecture instead of ‘paying attention’ like I was supposed to. (That just meant I did his homework in the following period so I didn’t have to ‘waste’ any of my free time after school)
- I wrote an essay detailing what I knew the teacher thought the interpretation of red in “The Scarlet Letter” meant, even though I completely disagreed. (I had quickly figured out that getting an ‘A’ meant telling a teacher what he/she wanted to hear.)
- Mr. Sergeant, a history teacher, handed everyone a folder on a significant figure in the WWII era and after a week of research, we all had a debate with each other representing our WWII V.I.P.
To be fair, here is a great experience:
Ahh . . . why weren’t all my classes like Mr. Sargeant’s history class?
So, in remembrance of public school, I have an essay question for you: (please answer in the comment section)
- How are public schools like prisons? How are they not? Please explain.
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