Gentle Wind School Newsletters
 December 10, 1989 Volume 1 Number 4 

A Mind Boggling Idea For Educational Reform In The Current System

If educators absolutely insist on wasting the time of young adults by keeping them in high school for four years instead of helping them to take their place in adult society, here is a more interesting way to do it. At the beginning of each month, choose three reality-oriented ideas. Then, follow each one of those reality-oriented ideas through every subject -- math, history, science, etc. -- for an entire week. Find out how this idea influences the world. Discuss its social, political and economic repercussions.

For example, the first week, the entire school might decide to follow the idea of gravity through every subject. In the second week, all of the students and teachers might follow the idea of the Japanese as a major economic power in the world. During this second week, there would be Japanese people, including businessmen and women, political leaders and ordinary citizens, teaching classes and answering questions, and generally assisting both students and teachers in following the idea chosen for this week.

In the third week, the entire school might choose to look at the segregationist practices of the 1940s and 1950s. During this week, the school might invite various civil rights leaders and others who lived during this era and could convey from first-hand experience how these practices affected people's lives. Again, the idea chosen for the week would need to be carried through every subject and discussed by the entire student body.

Finally, the fourth week of the month would be spent finding how these three ideas all work together in reality. This should be the most interesting week of all. These ideas are intricately woven together and are inextricably connected. Most educators cannot fathom how these ideas are connected, which is why the world is such a mess. Once people have been exposed to education past the third grade, they lose their natural ability to process data on a continuum. Their mental systems are so broken-up and fragmented by the premature introduction of school subjects combined with the psychological duress of classroom life, that once educated, people can only deal with data as isolated subject areas.

If educators adopted our suggestion for an improved way to waste students' time, they would not be able to keep most children out of school. Now most students cannot wait for the bell to ring at the end of the day so they can get released from jail. Such an undertaking would require enormous cooperation among countries and would have a global effect. While we do not really believe that any school system would follow this suggestion, we offer it to give you an idea of how corrupt education really is.