Saturday, September 2, 2006

"We want them to figure it out sooner rather than later"

According the LFP:

Ontario's dropout rate is one of Canada's highest, second only to Alberta. The Thames board, Ontario's third-largest school system, counts a rate only slightly better than Ontario's average.
Isn't this as a sign of a healthy economy? (Well, except in the compulsory education industry where a few former Civics teachers may be twiddling their thumbs) . . . or perhaps prohibition allows money to be made too easily by unskilled entrepreneurs with access to firearms?
"It's ultimately the kids that pay the price (of dropping out), but it's a matter of when they figure that out," says John Thorpe, a superintendent with the Thames board and former high school vice-principal.

"We want them to figure it out sooner rather than later," he says.
So what is the Ontario government's response to this?
Ontario's Liberal government is poised to pass sweeping legislation forcing kids to stay in school or job training until age 18, even denying driver's licences and fining those who drop out

Forcing them to remain in school until 18 is going to teach life's reality to them sooner? What are they to learn from this?
"If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only that one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks." - Maria Motessori
Let those who cannot find their place within the school system drop out and enter the world to learn first hand life's many lessons - and learn to adapt while they are at it(which may well require returning to school at a later date) rather than feeding them a diet of learned helplessness.
"Discipline must come through liberty. We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined." - Maria Motessori