Re: DSM: public school prisons (sharing the SVS model, etc.)

Marko Koskinen (
Thu, 16 Nov 2000 11:24:04 +0200

I think Rick has a good point here. Teachers are very oppressed as a
professional group. They get all the blame but almost no gratitude.
Teachers are the scapegoats of the oppressing society we live in, just
like parents. Teachers have quite limited freedom to do as they would
like to do. They are given a curriculum to follow and are preassured to
teach using a paradigm (behaviorism) abandoned for long time ago in the
science of learning. I believe teachers know this by heart, but they
aren't given this information and thus they struggle to do their job as
they are told hoping to do at least something right.

Teachers are oppressed. They do as good a job as they possibly can and
they should by no means be blamed. Teachers are good people who are
raised by the oppressive society. Some have grown out of the oppression
but most haven't, and it's not their fault.

The only way to make some real changes in the schools is to support
teachers, form support groups and break the traditional isolation that
is so too damn common among teachers.

As much as most of us have hated and still hate the schools, we
shouldn't pour all our hatered upon the teachers, because that's the
most unappropriate target we can find.

Marko Koskinen

Rick wrote:
> Here's why I resist making such a judgment: for 97% of all teachers and
> students in this country, traditional schools are pretty much the only game in
> town. If you go up to a hard-working teacher and tell her that she's doing more
> harm than good, you're telling her her life has been a waste. People have
> killed themselves over less. You don't attack an idea by attacking people.
> That's where inquisitions and purges always fail.
> Now it's my turn. Have you ever taught in a traditional school? If so, how
> long? What was it like for you? Why did you leave?

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