In an age of robots, schools are teaching our children to be redundant

By George Monbiot

February 16, 2017

“At present we are stuck with the social engineering of an industrial workforce in a post-industrial era.”

“When they are allowed to apply their natural creativity and curiosity, children love learning. They learn to walk, to talk, to eat and to play spontaneously, by watching and experimenting. Then they get to school, and we suppress this instinct by sitting them down, force-feeding them with inert facts and testing the life out of them.

There is no single system for teaching children well, but the best ones have this in common: they open up rich worlds that children can explore in their own ways, developing their interests with help rather than indoctrination.”