I Illustrate The Pitfalls of American Education Using My 5 yr Old Daughter
Below are excerpts from Capital Account's interview with moi (click here for the entire, original interview) featuring my views on education, class struggle and the dumbing down of America. I used my 5 year old daughter as an example of someone who was labeled as unable to read at advanced kindergarten level, yet somehow can parse emails from PhDs, MBAs and other clients of BoomBustBlog. Even if you have seen this popular interview with Lauren Lyster already, this remix is well worth your time. The first 3 and a half minutes are quite telling. Take note of how my daughter actually tries to sound out the words she is reading versus using memorized bits and bites to form the words. In addition, take note of the zeal and pride that she has in tackling a tough problem (at least for her, and probably many kindegarteners) instead of giving up when confronted with a problem. I try my best to push creativity and knowledge of how the world works, vs memorization of propaganda and proficiency in following rules. As a matter of fact, I push all of my kids to actively seek to break the rules for their benefit and attempt to rewrite the rules to their advantage. If you don't like the way that sounds, you can assume that you and/or your children may be working for the 5 year old in this video that was labeled as unable to read by the NYC school system in September.
The articles (recommeneded reading, of course) that led up to this are...
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