Children's Rights and Democratic EducationSubmitted by JohnJoseph on Tue, 05/22/2012 - 13:05
Truancy laws are age discrimination.
We force children to do what we tell them 8 hours a day 5 days a week at schools "for their own good". I never learned anything at school that I didn't forget a week after the test, and I went to very good schools and got very good grades. It would be good for adults to exercise a couple hours a day but we don't mandate that they be in the gym between the hours of 5-7 and if we see them on the street we'll arrest them for being truant. Public school is supposed to be service provided by the government, not a mandatory prison sentence.
I see this as a "liberty for security" question. Should we sacrifice the liberty (16 or so years worth) of the child for his supposed future financial security? What right do we have to decide that for another human being anyway?
Even if you really believe our current system of schooling will make children more likely to be financially successful, are you will to sacrifice so many years of their lives and have them undergo a huge amount of stress just for a small increase in their chances of being financially successful? Are you using what you learned in school for your job, and if so, couldn't you have learned it from books, the internet, or on the job training anyway?
Some may say, ok then just force them to learn math and reading. But then you endorse the notion that you can force them to learn what you want, and then people will add little by little, and pretty soon you're back to our current system. As stupid politicians try to make us more and more competitive things will get worse and worse. Longer school days, less vacation time, more homework, etc. We already have 7 and 8 year olds staying up all night studying because they think they need to get into Harvard. Obesity is on the rise because all we do is work and sit in school.
Soon we'll see similar problems as Asia:
To those that don't know, there are alternatives. Let your children learn what they are interested in.
I encourage you to start a free/democratic school in your area and help as many of these extremely oppressed children as you can. I encourage you to think for yourself and believe in yourself.