Today’s post borrows more of John Taylor Gatto’s ideas — in particular his summation of the profound difference between networks and community and how recognition of these differences is pretty important in the efforts at bettering our children’s education — or more broadly: in sensibly developing our community’s well-being.
The people who have come to staff schools are often fond of networking. Professional educators readily embrace the positive attributes of networks. Seemingly however, they are often unaware of the sapping of family and community vitality that such mechanization can induce.
Automations and routines can very well squelch human tendency; dehumanize by any other name.
And to the contrary, participation — as fully human — in complex human affairs — is what makes us fully human. Continue reading “Networks, Community, and Early Childhood Education”