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"Let our pupil be taught that he does not belong to himself, but that he is public property."
-Benjamin Rush, Declaration of Independence Signer and “Honorary” Father of Modern Psychiatry
School sucks is perhaps the most common phrase students use to describe their feelings about public education. Yet this seemingly bitter and reductive slogan is actually quite clever, and perhaps the most accurate and astute synopsis of the system I’ve ever heard. Here’s why:
1. The twelve-year process of an American public education has a dramatic effect on the mind of a child. When we first enter school at age six, many of our best personal attributes are already in place. We are curious, innovative, unique and creative in ways that we will rarely be able to replicate throughout the rest of our lives. But over time, school sucks those essential attributes out of too many of us…and replaces them with predictability, obedience and indifference.
2. The public school system sucks off the productive capacity of hard-working people. In other words, whether public education succeeds or fails (spoiler alert: it fails) at providing real education to the public, the cost goes up every year.
For too long, this sentiment that “school sucks” has existed only as a silent thought, a quiet mumble or a scribble on a notebook. It’s time to project this idea out into the mainstream, and to show how true it actually is. The path towards solutions begins there.
Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity, and greater personal satisfaction. Public education is the lock on that door.
But there are plenty of keys.
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(1) Email was fixed last week, so you can now send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (or just click on "Site Feedback/Bug Report" at the top right which links to webmaster). (2) If you edit your profile, you'll see a new field called "Small Screen". This will move the left navigation to the top, making the site fit better on small screens (such as phones and other mobile devices). (3) Unfortunately, I didn't notice that adding the "Small Screen" feature made the site break for anyone who wasn't currently logged in. My bad. That's fixed now. (4) I've also added a somewhat primitive private messaging system, so now users can send private messages to each other.
Thanks to Denis who pointed out that the reply feature in the forums was broken. This has now been fixed. I'm still working on getting the email aliases (like webmaster and brett) working, which is what the "Site Feedback/Bug Report" feature links to. Stay tuned. :)