(Another post from my old blog)
I have been emailing back and forth with a young friend of mine. The last email I sent her got me to thinking a bit about the all cursed and dreaded conveyor belt.
Now in the Tjed world the conveyor belt can and usually means the public school system. Dr. Demille choose a conveyor belt analogy because it shows everyone going along getting the same thing at the same time regardless of talents, interests, or personality.
I have also discovered that our current public school system is based on the Prussian Factory model.
Alvin Toffler said in his book the Third Wave,
Built on the factory model, mass education taught basic reading, writing, and arithmetic, a bit of history and other subjects. This was the ‘overt curriculum.’ But beneath it lay an invisible or ‘covert curriculum’ that was far more basic. It consisted – and still does in most industrial nations – of three courses: one in punctuality, one in obedience, and one in rote, repetitive work. Factory labor demanded workers who showed up on time, especially assembly-line hands. It demanded workers who would take orders from a management hierarchy without questioning. And it demanded men and women prepared to slave away at machines or in offices, performing brutally repetitious operations.
I have only found this quote, I have not read the book but plan to in the near future. Actually I think its on my book shelf right now. Great I can it start today.
So that all being said, is Public school a bad thing? In my opinion…No, its not.
If we know what educational program we are putting our children into and studied it out, like any method of educating our children should be studied out, we can at home overcome the deficiencies of any educational program.
Dr. Demille encourages us to get off the conveyor belt. I know of and have been one of those people who when I first heard this concept thought “Ok, I’m off that conveyor belt, but it feels so comfortable to be on one that I will now get on this Tjed conveyor belt.” But guess what that’s not right either. If our end goal is to have a superb liber education, or as the Demilles say on their new website www.tjedonlione.com, an education to match our mission, then we need to be off all conveyor belts. Including the Tjed conveyor belt.
A friend of mine has defined off the conveyor belt and I think I will stick with it.
“To me on the conveyor belt is when I am going with the flow of society, friends,
family or whoever instead of prayerfully seeking out what is best for
each individual child and their needs and then following that path for
that child. I am off the conveyor belt when that individuals
spiritual, educational, emotional and social needs are being met in
the way I’m being inspired to fulfill them, no matter what form that
may look like or take. I know I’m on the ‘conveyor belt’ when I don’t
feel comfortable with the way things are progressing and off when I
know deep inside that what I’m doing is right no matter what other
outside voices may say.
To me conveyor belt is not some taboo system, or formal education
but more of doing what others are doing without really questioning it
and studying it out in my mind and asking God if it is best for me and
my family in our circumstances. Thus public school may or may not be
conveyor belt as well as TJED or any other system of education.”
I have also come to the conclusion that you can be in public school and off the conveyor belt.
This is not an announcement that I am putting my kids back in public school. No I still feel they are doing better, for what they need, at home.
Thank you for listening to my ramblings on the Conveyor belt.