Is School Driving Kids Literally Crazy?


From FEE: School may have a negative impact on children’s and teens’ mental health: children’s psychiatric emergency room visits drop precipitously over the summer and increase greatly during the school year.

“…generalized anxiety and depression are skyrocketing in children. Dr. Gray maintains that much of this rise in anxiety and depression in children is due to lengthier, more restrictive schooling over the past several decades. He writes:

‘Children today spend more hours per day, days per year, and years of their life in school than ever before. More weight is given to tests and grades than ever. Outside of school, children spend more time than ever in settings in which they are directed, protected, catered to, ranked, judged, and rewarded by adults. In all of these settings adults are in control, not children.'”

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  2. The Compliance Factories

    Public schools are the most important part of this project. Schools are structured to inculcate strict obedience and reverence for authority in children. As the author and veteran teacher John Taylor Gatto put it:

    “The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders.”

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    “If 7-year-old Mozart tried composing his concertos today, he might be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and medicated into barren normality.”

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