That’s right … no question mark. No period. Is it a statement or a question? Good question.
School is not the same as “education”. Maybe we should start with some definitions, lest a commenter bring up a charge of semantics. We wouldn’t want that. If education is defined as the mere passing on of information, data, then maybe school is about giving an education. If education is about acquiring the knowledge and skills to optimally go about the business of living your life, then school, of course, fails miserably. Most of us, having gone to traditional schools, learned most of what we DO in our lives from somewhere OTHER THAN the schools we went to. (maybe that guy who learned all he needed to in kindergarten is an exception).
Where did we learn all the stuff we believe is so important to our lives today? “From experience” would be my first guess. That fine tutor of “ever-year”. Experience is the real educator: ’twas always thus and always thus will be” (to borrow from the film Dead Poet’s Society – go ahead, if you don’t know it, or saw it ONCE. watch it!)
So many people drop out of school because it’s not relevant to them. And it’s not just adolescent angst that says that (“what’s this got to do with my life?”, “when will I ever have to use/know this?”), it’s true. Being fed information is not the same as learning. Schools feed information, they are “content delivery systems”. That’s a different beast than “palaces of learning”. I want to see THAT on the front of the place I go to every day to learn.
So children don’t need schools, they need palaces of learning. Students don’t need information, they need opportunities for optimal development.
Who needs school.