In recent years, more and more of my Aboriginal associates, colleagues and average community members, have joined the mainstream belief that “our kids need to go to school” and that [Aboriginal] parents should be “penalised” — such as in the latest policy/strategy/law in having Federal Govt. payments (child support and parenting payments, and similar) be stopped or suspended — if they do not “send their kids to school”.
I have never been an advocate nor believer in compulsory schooling, and was probably one of the most “difficult”, uncooperative, and rebellious students I know — though I have met many similar children and young people, who were known (labelled) as “problems”, throughout my years in community service work.
Of course, as a very vocal (outspoken and often ostracised) representative and advocate for the protection and continuance of Aboriginal “culture”, I have continued to hold grave concern about the role of so-called [modern] compulsory education on a society generally, and more specifically, its detrimental and subversive impact on real “cultural survival” and genuine maintenance of diversity (differences) into the present day and age …
“Once you understand the logic behind modern schooling, its tricks and traps are fairly easy to avoid. School trains children to be employees and consumers; teach your own to be leaders and adventurers. School trains children to obey reflexively; teach your own to think critically and independently. Well-schooled kids have a low threshold for boredom; help your own to develop an inner-life so that they’ll never be bored. Urge them to take on the serious material, the grown-up material, in history, literature, philosophy, music, art, economics, theology — all the stuff schoolteachers know well enough to avoid. Challenge your kids with plenty of solitude so that they can learn to enjoy their own company, to conduct inner dialogues. Well-schooled people are conditioned to dread being alone, and they seek constant companionship through the TV, the computer, the cell phone, and through shallow friendships quickly acquired and quickly abandoned. Your children should have a more meaningful life, and they can.
First, though, we must wake up to what our schools really are: laboratories of experimentation on young minds, drill centres for the habits and attitudes that corporate society demands. Mandatory education serves children only incidentally; its real purpose is to turn them into servants. Don’t let your children have their childhoods extended [adolescent society, as in remain immature], not even for a day. …”
~ Excerpt from “How public education cripples our kids, and why” by John Taylor Gatto
My further research and inquiry lead me to this view, and also to other well documented articles/books regarding the beginnings and foundations of our most common form of “Western” education …
Be assured, I now feel validated and/or affirmed in what I initially had felt or “intuited” from an early age … that school as I and millions of others know it, was not to “encourage nor bring-out the best in me”, nor can it be the means for “cultural” survival nor revival.