CS Lewis (Was: Favourite books)
margaret at onr.com
Tue Dec 14 13:38:05 EST 2004
Otter Perry wrote:
> On Monday, December 13, 2004, at 04:44 PM, Judith Ridge wrote:
>> Yes, I loathe the Sorting Hat too. It's so sinister, the idea that a
>> of kids at the age of 11 are doomed to be sly, untrustworthy and
> Sort of like all that 11-plus garbage. When you're eleven, we know
> all about
> what your intellect is capable of ....
Yep, I loathe the Sorting Hat for exactly the same reasons. But I do
wonder about whether the 11-plus was garbage (can't know, not having
experienced it) and I do think wistfully about German schools which, so
I'm told, have apprenticeship programs.
So okay, here in America we pretend that we don't sort anybody and we
shove all kids through a 12-year academic curriculum aimed at preparing
them for college. And you know, that's not such a great idea either. A
lot give up and drop out and feel like failures. In fact, I could go on
an extended rant about how the American public school system is designed
to keep poor and nonwhite kids in their place and sets them up to fail.
<gritting teeth and demonstrating self-restraint here, dammit>
The sorting is there, but it's hidden. And there aren't any good
alternatives for the kids who aren't suited for the academic
curriculum....at least I haven't found any.
Mathematicians are like Frenchmen; whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different.
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