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Old Fashioned Education How many children do you know that love to be in school John Holt in his essay School Is Bad for Children tells us his opinion of our schools by listing some claims which describe the deficiencies in our education system Holt whom I most certainly agree with claims that children learn to do only enough work to get by they are taught that learning is separate from living they perceive that it is a crime to be wrong and only work when someone is watching It is easy to criticize something and leave it alone but I along with Holt have brought some suggestions to the table that would if incorporated into our education systems enhance the quality of education for our children Holt complaint that school teaches children to do just enough work to get by doesnt bring to mind any distinct examples in my high school experience I never remember one time where I truly exerted myself past any point of expectation The little joys of having the best project didnt mean nearly as much as they had in fifth grade I had realized that it wasnt necessary to go the extra mile because all I got was some short-lived pride I would try and get away with as little work as possible to get the grade that I wanted From high school till the present I have seen that pride isnt so much a part of education as it was in my pre-high school years My way of thinking had from my junior-high to my high school experience changed over the course of time In fifth grade I loved school because it was a place where I was introduced to new things I saw things happen in school that I would have never seen on my own I learned my multiplication tables and I learned how to do longhand division I loved science We got to do
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