ah HA! i found someone on the internet that uses a very similar analogy to me! i have been calling public education “assembly-line education” for years…one of the many reasons i homeschool (there’s oh-so-much-more, too many to go into here now…i’m sure i’ve written about many of them in the past and i have a lot of them spelled out here), this form of education is NOT what i want for my kids…i am far more of an outside-the-box thinker to be happy with that kind of education for my kids. this is also why i chose to not pursue a teaching credential because i knew it would be a waste of my time and energy since i don’t agree with their methods of education.
the “conveyor-belt education” reference came from this very interesting review of thomas jefferson education here. found it after i learned of this yahoogroup, and googled “thomas jefferson education.” i’ve heard of it before but never really looked into it.
i was immediately drawn to this definition of “conveyor-belt education”:
Public education (or conveyor-belt education) – A public education prepares everyone for a job, any job, by teaching them what to think. Public education historically existed to teach the poor so they could land a job. The poor had no other option, but public education. Today, most of America only receives a public education. Their education is set up like a factory: everyone in the class gets the same education at the same age from the same textbooks, and they are tested the same and graded based upon the same scale regardless of their individual talents, goals, interests, personal mission. Conformity is the name of the game in public education.
that’s just dead-on!
now, in contrast, they have this definition:
so now i’m intrigued…methinks that its time for me to learn a little about thomas jefferson education! hmmm…