Re: Re[2]: The school game

Steve Finley (Finley@TTDCE1.COED.TTU.EDU)
Mon, 12 Aug 1996 15:59:20 +0000

>From M. Hamende:

"Most American public schools are about the business of socializing
people, not about learning. They are about sitting down, shutting up,
and not making waves or asking questions."

Does this strike anyone else as rather categorical? Does anyone want
to question the truth of this statement?

I agree with much, if not most, of what's in the posting, having been
a kind of rule-breaking authority-tweaker all my life. But geez. Or
how about this one:

"Learning is about creativity, something there is far too
little of, if you ask me."

Sounds good, gets applause, etc., but is this really true? Is this
what learning is "about"? Aside from the fact that I'm always
intensely wary of "about" statements (and hate the expression,
anyway), does this mean that the ultimate aim of learning is
creativity, or that anything that's not creative is not learning
(like, say, learning who did what in World War II), or what?

just wondering--

s finley