Fewer desks and more open space.

Here’s an interesting little article over at the Wall Street Journal’s blog: Why Kids Hate School.

The article is essentially a review of a new book coming out written by a couple of professors at the University of Texas, Arlington, Ben Agger and Beth Ann Shelton. The book is titled, I Hate School: Why American Kids Are Turned Off Learning.

Choice quotes from the article include:

Our schools are failing because they are warehouses and work houses…. They verge on penal colonies where teachers are wardens and students are inmates.

And:

…in an ideal school, “grading and testing would be minimized, and teachers would not be cops and dictators. Schools would have fewer desks and more open space…. Homework would be minimized, as real teaching and dialogue filled the day.”

I’m thinking I might need to get a hold of this book and have a look. Of course, it may not tell me anything that homeschoolers haven’t already been yelling at the top of our lungs for years and years.

But, it’s nice to know that other nonhomeschoolers are finally getting there.

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5 Responses to “Fewer desks and more open space.”


  1. 1 Mom #1 August 5, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    You’d probably just be wasting your time reading that book. If those are the most notable quotes, then shoot, we probably wrote that book.

    When will they learn that WE’VE ALWAYS BEEN RIGHT, LOL. No. Seriously.

  2. 2 Urban Mom August 6, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Thanks for the tip! Off to check it out now.

  3. 3 Summer August 6, 2008 at 1:39 am

    Heh, sounds like a good read. I’m going to have to find a copy.

  4. 4 SabrinaT August 6, 2008 at 2:17 am

    Let’s hope my itty bitty library has it..

  5. 5 RegularMom August 6, 2008 at 9:21 am

    We’re off to the library today, too. I’ll have to see if it’s there.


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