The teacher of the education class I'm taking this semester has a fascinating perspective on how we interact with children. Last week she said:
Education shouldn't be something we DO to children.
That really struck a chord with me - how often do we look at kids and think ok sit down and shaddup, I need to get through this lesson!
Rudolph Flesch, in his 1954 book "Why Johnny Can't Read" talks a lot about how we can't just force reading on kids and expect them to keep up BECAUSE I SAID SO.
Don't you see how degrading this whole process is? The child is never told why this heap of letters means "chicken" and not "giraffe" or "kangaroo" . . . Don't you know that the main question in all children's minds is the question "Why?" . . . It's "chicken" because the teacher says so. Conditioning is an authoritarian process.
Our kids deserve better than that.