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Schooling

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We live in a time where the majority of formal schooling is not done at home so we have come to rely on various public school systems. There is a flaw, unfortunately one of many, due to the nature of the beast, a flaw that no school or even any family can get around: if more than one child will be taught at a time you can’t tailor a specific curriculum to each student and have the system work. Students will be of different ages, different levels of development, and different skill-acquisition levels. Given that all people are different, there can be no equality in education; the same fields and skills may be taught but every person will receive and process the information in a different manner. There is no easy way to change the system we use now and possibly no desire to; since that is the case, students shouldn’t be castigated for their different achievement levels, but should be accepted for what they can and have accomplished. Once our society is truly recognized as non-homongenous, acceptance could come to be more universal and understanding among people a possible, though distant, goal. Understanding of differences and acceptance of the many avenues of learning are the basis of adult understanding and acceptance. Shouldn’t we support an ‘understanding and acceptance’ curriculum starting even before formal education? 

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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