sábado, novembro 24, 2007

O currículo escondido

O que se aprende de facto na escola:
  1. Aceitar a confusão como destino. I teach the un-relating of everything, an infinite fragmentation the opposite of cohesion.
  2. Permanecer no seu lugar. I never lie outright, but I've come to see that truth and schoolteaching are, at bottom, incompatible just as Socrates said they were thousands of years ago. The lesson of numbered classes is that everyone has a proper place in they pyramid and that there is no way out of your class except by number magic. Until that happens you must stay where you are put.
  3. Indiferença. I teach children not to care about anything too much, even though they want to make it appear that they do.
  4. Dependência emocional. By stars and red checks, smiles and frowns, prizes, honors and disgraces I teach you to surrender your will to the predestined chain of command. Rights may be granted or withheld by any authority, without appeal because rights do not exist inside a school, not even the right of free speech.
  5. Dependência intelectual. Good people wait for a teacher to tell them what to do. It is the most important lesson, that we must wait for other people, better trained than ourselves, to make the meanings of our lives.
  6. Auto-estima provisória. The lesson of report cards, grades, and tests is that children should not trust themselves or their parents, but need to rely on the evaluation of certified officials.
  7. Não te podes esconder. All these childless men who wrote these books discovered the same thing: children must be closely watched if you want to keep a society under tight central control.
The 7-Lesson Schoolteacher
John Taylor Gatto

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