So schooling is an interesting topic for me. I have had different perspective, some which I used to fervently believe, and now realize as limited. So in opening up and sharing my perspective, I am going to give a physical definition/breakdown of what school is. So a school is usually a building, with people in it. You have teachers which are often adults, and you have students that are often younger. In principle what defines a teacher and student isn't age. More essentially, it is that one has training, or knowledge/information, or experience that would be beneficial or useful for the students to learn. In principle, which I observe happening in not only all the various types of schools, but also in all other social settings, the students become a copy of the teacher. So on a deeper level, all of the fears, thoughts, ideas, of the teacher in some way or another influence the students, which could be happening subconsciously or unconsciously. There are many dimensions that can be affected, which included what we call self-esteem, or the self-image or self-belief of what the child believes themselves to be and capable of becoming. There is also another dimension that interacts with all of this, and that is the fact that there are many students and one teacher. Therefore there are many points of comparisons available to gauge, judge, measure, and determine who one is in relation to everyone else. This is most notably done with grades. More subconsciously, it is done through praises, raising your hand and answer questions, looks and smiles by the teacher etc... Children are constantly in the school environment, assessing and determining who they are based on the outside input. They are not at all, if maybe rarely, determining/deciding who they are. I see it as something completely predictable, which there is a sort of philosophy where people believe their whole life is already determined. On the school level this seems clearly so, because if you take all the variables and factors of a child life, see what natural talents and skills that they had while starting school, which were often developed based on outside forces, such as parents and teachers, you will see the choices they made and the achievements that had were completely predictable. I had many teachers growing up and I count myself as one of the lucky ones. I did well in school, yet at the same time recognizing that I didn't learn anything really useful, except that I can take in information, and repeat it. I did have my own form of philosophy, however it really was a carbon copy of my parents and other teachers. There was nothing really original because I didn't question or challenge myself. That is why every school year felt the same.
As much as I would like to say its the schools fault, or the way the school is set up, I can't. It really has to do with the people. Because, like I said, a school is just a building with people in it. What defines and determines any system, or any group, are the people. Its simple, but true. So if you want to raise a child to be a certain way, you need to surround them with the right people. To have a better classroom, you need a better teacher. And it is all very multidimensional, meaning that there are many students with their own histories and influences that can influence each other. There is a saying that to raise a child takes a village or community. Because that is what is happening right now, your community is what is raising your child. The books they read, the stories they learn, the tv shows, the games, all social interaction, everything is creating, them because really when you look down at it, each thing is an opportunity. Children can read the same thing, but they will respond differently. Why? A simple answer could be their history. The kind of person that they have become is what allows them to see, read, learn, and take something away in a specific way. That person was developed early in life. And each moment lead to the next, leading to the one that is here right now. It is like a mathematical equation 1+2+9-5+6-2-1+9= ? So it becomes complex, but each moment is simple and simply adds onto or takes away from what is already here. To get a certain outcome, you need to push and place opportunities that will guarantee, over time, that outcome. What teacher or school is aware of this? Most just follow a curriculum given by their government. Some are independent, and are more aware, but who is completely aware of all the details that make/determine a human being? So again, I said that I can't place responsibility on the school, since all their exists is people. One important thing that is missed is how the student is a person. A child is a person. Most people do not define children as people. They often define a child as less than, as knowing less, or as inferior to adults. When really a child is a person, through and through and thus equal. So a child is capable, in whatever extent it has, to create itself and take responsibility and be independent. A child really, when you break down the moments, teach themselves everything. You cannot really teach someone else something, that's a myth or an illusion. Really, a child does all the work. The teacher simply shows the information to be taken in. The child does the work of putting it in. Thus the child does have the final say in every situation, of whether a certain piece of information is taken into him or herself. A child can say no, and be selective. That ability is perhaps the most important ability that a parent can help the child to realize that he or she has, and of course to show and demonstrate what principle that are best to use as your ruler or guide as to what to assimilate and what not to. In essence, all learning, and the most important point in learning anything, is firstly establishing your principle of learning, what are you learning and why are you doing it. What determines whether you do something or not. Your principle. If you don't have a principle than you are living fairly randomly, which is living in chaos. You would surely die, since you do not even take care of your own basic needs for existing on this earth. If a strong principle or character is established, than a child can safely learn and be exposed to any information, learn and assimilate what is best, and act what is best for all in all ways. The prize or key is not information, it is rather the principle or character, essentially the answer to the question, who are you? which the answer would be your principle because that determines all that you do, predictably. A real school program would be that. Right now schools believe information is key. That is misleading and is hinting at a secret intention of placing in information into the child without them ever being aware of that information, and their choice to decide who they will become, and perhaps more importantly that they can actually live in a way that benefits them and all life. Do you want to a principle or a piece of information? There is a big difference. That is what we have now, everyone has a statement or belief about who they are, they are all pieces of information: I am a nationality, I am a gender, I am strong, beautiful handsome, I am young, old, I am whatever. If that is all you are, you're very limited. Who here is living by principle? That shows how schools aren't fulfilling the only job that would be worth fulfilling and giving to the child, to make sure that the child develops it, a character based on principle, a principle that is best for all. Doing that would be much more challenging and rewarding, because then you are dealing with a real human being that is asking you questions, that is challenging you, that is curious. A real human being with integrity and thirst and hunger. A human being that strives for excellence and expansion. And so, so much more. The best thing/way to create that outcome is to become that yourself so that others can see your example, and in a way copy, and learn from it. That is how I learned and started this for myself, by observing others. An ideally you become intimate and interactive in this approach. That is when you go deep and it becomes real. In a way its the exact same process as the one that is walked now. People become clones of teachers. That is not bad/wrong, per se, but the question should be asked, what kind of clone, because if the teacher is standing by principle and what is best for all, and you have clones that also live by principle and what is best for all, then that is best, isn't it? Essentially you want to give everyone power to create, which can only occur once you are walking a process of going into yourself, walking your layers, getting to the depths of your being, that which makes you who you are, and literally create yourself from that point. That's when you know it would be real. And hey that would be a pretty cool school project, haha. Remember, children are just like you, they are people. And they have an advantage, they are still young. I would do everything I can to have them take advantage of their advantage, by giving them the tools early, and so having a greater advantage than I had. Its never too early to start building you character. Otherwise, what's the point of even being alive today for this moment? It is to live!