John Locke was an English philosopher. He was well regarded by America’s Founding Fathers. Not generally remembered for his writings on education, he did apply his general realist philosophy to the question of education.
Locke said “…I think I may say, that, of all the [people] we meet with, nine parts of ten are what they are, good or evil, useful or not, by their education.” What he is saying here is that people are not born a certain way, not destined to be one kind of person or another, but rather, BECOME. And the education of people is what makes them.
Today our traditional schools are making people into something that does not serve them, or at least does not suitably prepare them in the best manner possible.
We need schools that understand the profound truth of Locke’s statement: that people are made or broken by what they experience, that education is what helps to make us and that anything short of the ideal is dangerous.
We need to move now. We need to create awareness around this today.