when will america learn….
We won’t learn, because our education system sucks
Instead of treating kids like machines in a factory, being created into obedient workers. It looks like in Finland they’re treated like actual humans.
it’s also because all teachers there have masters’ degrees, and teaching is seen as a prestigious profession like medicine or law.
What’s actually wrong with American schools is not that they’re not like Finnish schools.
What’s wrong with American schools is that they’re an outdated relic of the early 20th century, where the object was to train a child to have the mindset required to work in a factory job long hours of the day, as at the time that mandatory public school was instituted, that was the main expectation of children.
As the industrial age faded and the US entered the era of private sector jobs, the education system failed to reflect that change, and they’re still training us to have the mindset for an industrial job, not a job in today’s job market.
The problem with American schools is not that they’re not like Finnish schools.
The problem with American schools is that they’re preparing us for jobs that no longer exist.
I keep seeing this reblogged as if that system were ever a good and positive thing for children. The American school system wasn’t designed to prepare young adults to enter the work force as free and independent agents. It was designed to indoctrinate children so that they would not complain about the dangerous, monotonous industrial work ahead of them. It was designed by factory owners with the express purpose of quelling working class revolt before it happened. It was designed to repress individual thinking and to increase dependence. Capitalists watched socialism rising up across the world and they designed American schools to ensure it would not happen here.
You want to know what kind of school you get when you apply that thinking to the modern workplace?
This is an example of a Rocketship school, charter schools that target “primarily low-income students in neighborhoods where access to excellent schools is limited.”
How do parents feel about their children being so excellently prepared for the current job market? See for yourself. These schools prey upon low-income communities, especially in areas with high Latin@/Hispanic populations. They’re becoming increasingly popular because they do exactly what the old industrial schools did: they create a workforce. After you’ve spent thirteen formative years of your life in a call center, after all, what more could you possibly want out of life?
Education, arts, independent thinking: those things are for rich children. Stop pretending that “being prepared for jobs” is a GOOD thing to do to CHILDREN.
I wanted to share this because I think a lot of people, both inside and outside of the United states, don’t really understand just how bad our education system is, or how it’s been worsening. I’ve literally had people say stuff along the lines of “where do you get these ideas about the education system” or “everyone knows [the content of medievalpoc] so therefore you don’t have a point” (which is super weird, I know, but they still say it).
The financial model and practices for charter schools like Rocketship honestly do not differ greatly from that of say, for-profit prisons. Basically, they’re like a machine with a funnel into which you put human beings in one end, and money comes out the other. What happens to the people is really just a kind of by-product.
It’s no accident that these "schools" target poor communities of color, or that the teachers they employ are often under-qualified.
I don’t know and cannot verify any of the statements in the original graphic above about Finnish schools. What and who I am here for are the people who have received or are in the process of receiving the kind of education described above in the United States. In this kind of environment, in which textbook producers are either willing to literally rewrite history in order to pander to political, social, and financial pressures or are forced to do so, any kind of art history education is viewed as optional, much less the kind of art you see here on medievalpoc, which is rarely seen even among graduate students.
Trying to make counternarratives available to the people disenfranchised by the system-approved dominant narratives (unless you can pay for, have access to, and understand a $200,000 college education, in which case medievalpoc’s topics are considered perfectly legitimate) is as good a description of my goal in curating this blog as any.
None of what I’m describing is a “conspiracy”, other than anything inherently conspiratorial about stating facts on the way things just are. This is my starting point, and this is why I am committed to making the material here as accessible-by anyone!-as possible.
This isn’t news, insofar as the US educational system is concerned. But to see that picture above with children penned in, blinded and deafened to each other, to themselves and their instincts, really sickens me.