Like an Alien in my Own Country

Conservative Values Make Schools Alien?
January 16, 2011, 23:14
Filed under: Wonderings

As a teacher in Elementary school, the values that are a part of the curriculum are intended to mold children into moral individuals that can fit into the patchwork quilt of Canadian society.  The development of a social conscience, the ability to interact with others and common moral values that were once taught in the home, have become the responsibility of the teacher.  The movement towards a reward based value system is slowly being replaced with that of one that pushes intrinsic motivators.  Above all the goal is a society of like-minded individuals with the skills, abilities and values that are Canadian.  Some go so far as to say that institutions are to mold the minds in such a way as to create a reliable citizenry!  At times this may lead one to believe that the goal is to create minions, that pander to those in charge and compete in order to thrive.

This is where beliefs conflict.  From the perspective of one that follows to one that questions and wonders where there path is.  One who is on an eternal search for one’s self and the best way to live life, while questioning the musing of others around her or him.  To realize that they are not alone and instead of competing with one another, they should work towards a common good.  As I have been educated as a part of this system, I have also learned much outside of it and come to question the validity of its ways, but can that be asked of elementary school children?  It may be a starting point, but there is always much to be learned!

Working together should not be such an Alien concept!


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