Australian Schools – Farming The Sheeple

How Schools Are Today

Every child has a right to an education. Every child has the right to learn how to read, how to write, how to do math equations and to learn scientific theories.  Every child has a right to understand history and every child has the right to grow and explore through learning.

politics have taken over the classroom

Politics have taken over the classroom

Parents send their children to school for six hours a day, five days a week based on this assumption.  We want our children to have a better future than what we could ever imagine for them.  We believe with the right education we can create our future leaders and inventors, that our children will enrich the world.

So why are our children getting dumber instead of smarter?  Why are our children well below the national average compared to thirty years ago?  Why can’t our high school students read or spell or do simple arithmetic? 

Politics have taken over our school system

Our children are no longer taught that 2 + 2 = 4.  If they add 2 + 2 and get an answer of 5, it is still considered correct.  Why?  Because it is not the answer that is correct, it is how they got the answer that counts.  What? Wait a minute, if they got the wrong answer doesn’t that mean how they got there was wrong?  No.  That type of thinking is discouraging to a child’s mental development and will hurt them later on in life.

I know a lot of you will be just as befuddled by this as I am.  And not all schools and teachers are using this method, but it is gaining popularity.  To tell a child they are wrong is now considered emotionally and mentally detrimental.  It could scar them for life.  Just like the use of a red pen to mark a child’s work is considered too forceful and degrading.

Recently, I took my mother-in-law to the local grocery store.  While at the checkout my mother-in-law asked to withdraw $200 in cash.  The girl behind the register counted out the money three separate times before handing it over.  My mother-in-law trusted the girl had given her the right amount and went about her day.  Two days later at the same store my mother-in-law was dragged into the back room where she was made to watch the CCTV footage.  It turns out the girl had given her $300.  Luckily none of the money had been spent.  The young girl who had been behind the register looked fresh out of high school and did not know how to count in 5’s, 10’s or 20’s.  She had made it through twelve years of schooling and entered a job where counting is essential, without actually learning how to count properly.

I believe a circumstance like this is more degrading to a person’s emotional state than telling them in grade school that 2 + 2 = 4 not 5. And math is not the only area where our children are being let down by the system.  Many are leaving high school not having a full comprehension of the English language.  I have read many articles that contain numerous spelling mistakes and are so poorly written that the message does not come across properly.

The Education Board and Australian Government have taken notice.  Together they have decided that in order to raise the national standard and teach our children more effectively, there are three core topics that must be taught in every class.  Now, you might be thinking “Fantastic, with this new curriculum, my child might actually learn something.”  Well, unfortunately, you would be wrong.  The new curriculum is based on politics, not how to teach children.

The three new “Cross Curriculum Priorities” that are deemed essential are:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
Sustainability

I do not have a problem with any of these topics.  Individually.  But the basis of the “Cross Curriculum Priorities” is that each topic must be integrated into every aspect of every class.  Instead of focusing on teaching children how to add and subtract, teachers must now also teach how adding and subtracting relates to all of the three core topics.  And quite frankly, 2 + 2 has absolutely nothing to do with Indigenous Australians, Asia or the environment.

The school system is no longer about teaching children in order to enrich the world. It is about teaching children to be good citizens.  Not smart enough to question the atrocities and in-humane acts being forced upon us, and not dumb enough to not be able to perform menial labor tasks. Independence and free thinking is quickly being abolished in schools.  The aim of the game is to teach subservience.  Do as you are told, how you are told, when you are told and you will be rewarded with a gold star.  If your child is not conforming, like my son chooses not to, you will more than likely receive a letter stating there is something mentally wrong with your child, such as Asperger’s, or they are a trouble maker with authority issues. Please Medicate, your child is not being a good #sheeple!

Upon reading this article, you might ask, if I have such little faith in the school system, why do I still send my children to a public school?  The truth is quite simple.  I lack the funds and options to do anything else.  If I chose to keep my children at home and teach them myself, I would receive a monetary fine and risk losing them.  If I enrolled my children in the ‘Home Schooling’ program I would need to create a curriculum based on what they teach in schools, and upon failing this, they would be sent back to a public school.  Distance education is the same, but it costs more because the curriculum is already planned for you.

There are programs and private schools set up like Montessori that offer a better quality education for your children.  Unfortunately, like most Australians, I am struggling to pay an ever increasing electricity bill and do not have the extra money to fork out for private education.

My solution (until I find something better or win lotto), is to teach my children the basics myself, at home.  Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. I print out times tables and spelling lists.  Any time I have change in my wallet, I pull it out and ask the children how much is there and make them give me change for certain amounts.  We read together and if they ask how to spell a word I make them sound it out phonetically and spell it for me. Where our school systems are failing, we, as parents, need to pick up the slack. ©  #farmingthesheeple Angela Soya

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