Schooling the World

This film was powerful and affected me deeply. I’m astounded that we, as a society, continue to blindly impose a way of life on intact, thriving cultures that is detrimental to their sustainability. Have we not learned from history. The promise of the american dream is a lie. We, in North America, are now seeking alternatives to this consumeristic nightmare we are living in. It’s painful to watch as cultures are disappearing. What a different world it would be if our classrooms were the villages, fields and gathering places of peoples who still have an intact culture such as the ones we saw in this film. Seeing the children sitting in classrooms reading about plants as opposed to actually working in a garden seemed ludicrous to me. It gets me thinking about how education can provide opportunities for a way of life to be transmitted one generation to the next as it has in times past when communities worked to live and not for money. We’ve lost this knitting of the generations in which culture, values, traditions and ways of life can be shared naturally. Education really does need to be multi-dimensional and all encompassing if it is to play a role in transforming society. In a way even families have been turned into educational institutions and have turned to practices of socialization as opposed to the passing on of family values and ways of life. As a result ways of life that have sustained cultures throughout history are disappearing.

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About dmfindlay

I am currently enrolled in the Master of Education program at SFU focussing on Contemplative Inquiry and Approaches in Education. This blog outlines my journey over the next 2 years
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