I taught for thirty years in some of the worst schools in Manhattan, and in some of the best, and during that time I became an expert in boredom. Boredom was everywhere in my world, and if you asked the kids, as I often did, why they felt so bored, they always gave the same answers: They said the work was stupid, that it made no sense, that they already knew it. They said they wanted to be doing something real, not just sitting around. They said teachers didn’t seem to
A social psychiatrist says school is the root of most mental problems in the world.
by Shaun Kerry, M.D.
As a social psychiatrist, I examine society much like a doctor examines a patient. One of the most troubling ailments that I encounter is our school system, which – without ever realizing it – harms the majority of our students.
It is my belief that our school system is the most fundamental cause of the social problems that our society faces today. Far from being expensive, the solution
A psychologist says it’s perfectly understandable to hate going to school.
by Sarah Fitz-Claridge
‘School phobia’ is a dreadful label for some children’s perfectly understandable response to being compelled to go to school against their will. They are not phobic, any more than a conscientious objector is a coward; they are refusing – and in most cases very nobly. Over the years, I have spoken to many worried parents of school-refusing children. The outrages these children have