From Daniel Denvir at Salon…

School: It’s way more boring than when you were there

I like this piece as a reminder that kids’ resistance doesn’t just point to technology, or to parents who don’t raise them to value education, or to any garden variety laziness (expressed often as, more or less, “in-my-day-we-just-went-to-school-and-didn’t-whine-about-it”).  The forces acting on kids’ lives today and contributing to their resistance to school are varied and complex. It’ll take confronting those and being willing to build something that actually fits our time and their capacities if anything’s to really change.  But in the meantime, it’s also helpful to remember that what we’re now putting in front of them, every day, may be more dull, more repetitive, less generally conducive to creativity and engagement than ever before.