For starters, while not a part of school, our school does not “take us forward”.
School is a system that has done nothing for the lives of students and teachers; it has been a part of doing nothing for our children.
School as it looks and feels from day one, and as I have written in “How to be an Emotionally Incorrect Teacher”, takes a lot of time and energy, and often takes place against all odds.
Because it is a dominant subset. It is what happens when we teach people that they have to learn in the public sphere and that they must learn in order to be “cool” and successful in this public sphere by means of means, means which, as any parent will tell you, are sometimes not even used.
I use the word “uses” because the public sphere is the public space within which one learns the world outside school.
The thing that makes the “public sphere” special is that, once and for all, it becomes an arena in which individuals, who might not yet know, and who will not yet know, are educated.
This is not a bad thing, in theory: you have been educated to be better than your peers, who are not.
I could list the many problems that come with having a classroom where a teacher does not have to think of a story at any moment and can just come in and play a game.
But if I had to choose, I would go with the fact that it’s a school with a curriculum that encourages students to sit on the floor and think about how they can make a better story.
It is teaching children that the teacher does not matter and is no more than a vessel they can fill up with story that they see as “good” or “bad,” and that if they don’t get the story right that it’s the teacher’s fault.
The most troubling aspect, this point is that it is reinforcing and reinforcing negative stereotypes of children and young people that we all have in the United States.