We need to take responsibility for educating our young, not thinking that we can send kids off to some state worker training house aka state school, and then our kids will come out fine - they won't.
Most people say they can't teach their own kids, why? Many say because they don't have time, well then don't have kids!
Parents have been brainwashed into thinking that *teaching* is a 'job', that you *qualify* for. (Looking at most teachers today that is seriously doubtful - after all you can *convert* any degree, even if you did that degree decades ago, into a teaching qualification in less than a year! That why loads of bankers went into teaching after the crash, see, if bankers can be teachers, who can't?)
Teaching is NOT about being a *teacher* it is about showing children how to learn for themselves and giving them the necessary mental ability to acquire knowledge themselves.
We also under educate our children, we assume they are less capable than they are - yet another mistake.
How about teaching our children to be independent thinkers? We live in a world where adults frequently complain they are not listened to by those in power but what do we tell our children when they question us? That "is it because I say so", then we wonder why they don't have respect for others and bullying is rife. All other animals equip their young for adulthood - humans do the opposite - we keep them as dependent as possible to satisfy some *family* emotional need. - giving the governments EXACTLY the type of citizen/subject they want.
We need to address the disparity between the private education of the wealthy and everyone else.
Private tuition from people who will give it for free can be bartered for other things. Say you are able to repair computers, offer that for music tuition of your kids, and you could even teach computers to someone else (their kids) for some gardening skills taught to your kids etc. This is done in some areas on disorganised small scale, mostly for adults, not children, but none of that is enough.
Retired teachers could offer excellent private tuition to children in the neighbourhood for having their shopping done, gardening, house cleaned, dog walked etc.
And what about setting up a University?
The government has systematically dumbed down education - and it wasn't that great to begin with.
What would you do?
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