Why Do We Censor Education?
Recently, companies from google to wikipedia to mozilla firefox dominated the news with their campaigns to prevent a law from being passed that would ultimately censor the internet. They were successful as far as we can tell so far.
Where is the outrage when it comes to censoring education? Why is it that administrators, pressured by internal politics from school boards, politicians, corporations and other organizations set the policy on what is learned and when it is learned by our children? Is this not in and of itself a form of censorship? Are children not capable of learning according to their interests? Do they have so few interests that we feel obligated to give those interests to them through heaping spoonfuls of facts and drills? Do children not have unique talents and gifts that should be discovered by adults? Should we not recognize that a child’s perspective is perhaps one of the greatest gifts to the world…and that we should hold these gifts with the highest regard? Are we not in awe of the questions that children ask…that force us to look in the mirror? Are children so unimportant that companies above will engage in a campaign to protect their own interests but not those of children?
It is time that the founders of google, amazon and many other montessori alumni speak up for the rights of children to learn according to their interests, that we free children from predetermined curriculum and give them the opportunity to transform our world, not merely exist within it.