In my previous post, Systems, I discussed some thoughts about a type of system that many of us take part in, that is, the traditional church system. I alluded to the fact that my husband and I have discussed other systems as well and I’d like to share my thoughts with you.
The second system that has gotten my wheels turning a bit, is the educational system. This is a difficult one for me to tackle because I feel that I have been raised in the middle of a system that I didn’t even think to question, as I have written about in my post, Identity. But in the past few years, I have had reason to question how this particular system works. (or how it doesn’t work). The main motivation for asking those questions was after realizing that it wasn’t working for my own child. No matter how hard I tried to force him to fit that mold, it wasn’t going to happen. Now, that we have made the change to teaching him apart from the school system, I see so much progress. And He is evolving each day into the man that God has created him to be. It is a very inspiring transformation.
I would have to say that my main problem with how the system operates is that children are not allowed the freedom to follow their natural bent or curiosity. They must fit the “norm” and if they don’t, there must be something seriously wrong. Now on the flip side of the coin, I don’t believe that children in the public schools are expected to be respectful. Yes, it is included in the rules of the classroom posted on the wall, but it does not penetrate their heart. How could it? How can one teacher of 20+ students possibly know and be able to speak to the heart of each child in his/her classroom? (As I write this, I can see the correlation between this system and the previous one I have written about.)
Here’s an interesting perspective on Margaret Spelling’s views on this system:
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My main point is that what we are able to see in our child is where his heart is, and frankly, for the last 9 months, it has not been pretty. But we are beginning to see changes, positive changes that if he carries them throughout his life, will make an impact on those who come in contact with him.