15 Reasons for Dissatisfaction with the State Education System

  1. Four-year olds are too young to start school. Read more…
  2. There is not enough focus on play. Read more…
  3. Development is hindered when children are grouped according to their age and ability. Read more…
  4. Standardised tests put pupils (and teachers) under unnecessary pressure. Read more…
  5. School inhibits creativity and innovation. Read more…
  6. Mental health and wellbeing are not prioritised. Read more…
  7. Lack of democracy and mutual respect between staff and pupils. Read more…
  8. Learning potential is compromised by lack of self-directed education. Read more…
  9. The National Curriculum is too limited. Read more…
  10. Children spend too much time at school. Read more…
  11. Teachers are not given adequate training. Read more…
  12. Classes and schools are too big. Read more…
  13. Limited parent/teacher collaboration. Read more…
  14. Students are leaving school without the skills they need for adulthood and the workplace. Read more…
  15. The education system is outdated. We need a new model for the 21st century. Read more…

Is Schooling in Breach of Children’s Human Rights?

The fifteen complaints above that people voice about state education lead many to believe that conventional schooling is in conflict with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Read more…


Further Reading

Free to Learn, by Peter Gray

Beyond Coercive Education. A Plea for the Realisation of the Rights of the Child in Education, by Peter Hartkamp

How Children Learn, by John Holt

How Children Fail, by John Holt

Learning All the Time, by John Holt

In Defense of Childhood. Protecting Kids’ Inner Wildness, by Chris Mercogliano

Toxic Childhood. How the Modern World is Damaging our Children and What we can do About It, by Sue Palmer

Raising Cain. Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, by Dan Kindlon & Michael Thompson

Teacher: One Woman’s Struggle to Keep the Heart in Teaching, by Gabbie Stroud

Freedom to Learn: A View of What Education Might Become, by Carl Rogers

Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Things Better, by John Holt

The Lives of Children: The Story of the First Street School by George Dennison (1970-06-01), by George Dennison