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So, What’s wrong with school? 125 reasons not to send your kids.

CONTENTS

Preface

Introduction

Evidence, Statistics and Truth

CHAPTER 1: LEARNING

1. They don’t learn what you think they learn

2. They don’t learn what is taught

3. They don’t learn anything useful

4. They don’t learn anything really useful

5. They don’t learn anything important

6. They don’t learn what they want to know

7. They don’t learn anything in context

8. They don’t learn to think

9. They don’t learn to understand

10. They don’t learn to make choices

11. They don’t learn to be creative

12. They learn to fail and be failures

13. They learn to be bored

14. They learn to obey

15. They learn to be stupid

16. They learn to be labelled

17. They learn to rely on external motivation

18. They learn to rely on experts

19. They learn that there is one right answer

20. They learn what ain’t so

21. What is wrong with the curriculum.

22. The problem with educational objectives

23. Rigid methods for rigid minds

Summary

CHAPTER 2: SEPARATION

24. School separates children from themselves

25. School separates children from each other

26. School separates children form their parents

27. School separates children from adult community

28. School separates children from their home culture

29. School separates children from indigenous culture

30. School separates children from nature

31. School separates subject from subject

32. School separates work from play

Summary

CHAPTER 3: THE CULTURE OF SCHOOL

33. School promotes dishonesty

34. The lie of deferred gratification

35. Myth: school is the only way

36. The myth of parental choice

37. Myth: Everything is measurable

38. Myth: there is valid evidence to support everything that happens in school

39. Myths about children

40. Myth: reward and punishment are the way

41. School encourages a dubious morality

42. The myth of benign competition

43. The three Rs: Rules, Routines and Rituals

44. Relentless boredom: the pace of school

45. School stifles communication

46. What children do in class

47. Schools blame-shift

48. Schools demand conformity and uniformity

49. Bullying is rife in schools

50. Schooling is violence

51. Truants are voting with their feet

52. Exclusions

53. The language of school distorts our thinking

54. Playgrounds are worse than jungles

55. Schools invade privacy

56. Schools maintain the status quo

57. Schools shape and justify inequality

58. The three Cs of school: control, constraint, compulsion

59. Rights do not exist in school

60. Schools create powerlessness

61. Justice does not exist in schools

62. Schools self perpetuate

63. School institutionalises for life

64. Schools are a wing of the corporacy

65. Schools are paramilitary organisations

66. School limits and defines cultural expression

67. Failing schools

Summary

CHAPTER 4: TEACHERS

68. Teachers are undermined and overwhelmed

69. Teachers are stressed, miserable and driven mad

70. Teachers are sick and absent

71. Teachers are not experts

72. Teachers are incompetent

73. Teachers are jailers and bullies

74. Teachers expectations are shaped by prejudice

75. Teachers don’t like children

76. Teachers may not be safe around kids

77. Teachers are leaving in droves

78. What motivates teachers?

79. Teachers can’t be agents of change in the current climate.

Summary

CHAPTER 5: NUMBERING OUR CHILDREN

80. School reduces children to numbers

81. Some problems with grades

82. Marks are subjective, inaccurate and meaningless

83. Standards, targets, league tables and other number nonsense

84. What are tests for?

85. Socially sorting our children

86. Exams hamper real learning

87. Exams shape, limit and dumb down textbooks

88. Exams are unfair

89. Exams damage self-esteem

90. Exams cause stress and distress

91. Qualifications do not represent competence

92. Diploma disease

93. School reports

94. Ofsted: the engine that drives it all

Summary

CHAPTER 6: HEALTH – SCHOOL MAKES KIDS SICK

95. Schools are sick places

96. Schools rob our children of rest

97. Schools, food and health

98. Schools make kids unfit

99. Discomfort is the norm

100. Schools are unsafe places

101. The weather

102. Toilets, kitchens and other health hazards

Summary

CHAPTER 7: MENTAL HEALTH – SCHOOL DRIVES KIDS MAD

103. Powerlessness and cruelty drive kids mad

104. School makes kids stressed and anxious

105. School depresses kids

106. Too much too young

107. School denies a right to happiness

108. School damages self image

109. School denies the traumas in children’s lives

110. School refusal is a sane response

111. School pathologises just rebellion

112. School is a branch of the pharmaceutical industry

Summary

CHAPTER 8: DON’T SEND THEM IF…

113. Don’t send them if they are boys

114. Don’t send them if they are girls

115. Don’t send them if they are different

116. Don’t send them if they may be gay

117. Don’t send them if they are from a minority ethnic group

118. Don’t send them if they have a special educational need

119. Don’t send them if they are born in the summer

120. Don’t send them if you are poor

121. Don’t send them if they have a health problem

Summary

CHAPTER 9: THE TRUE COST OF SCHOOLS

122. Schooling is very expensive

123. School destroys the planet

124. Schools have a huge social cost

125. Schools damage humanity and autonomy

Ends And Means

THE WAY FORWARD

Bibliography

  
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