“Alike”: A Visual Representation of a Standardized Life.
Is your child’s school experience like this? Joyful and creative?
Or like this? Is creativity stifled in the quest for common expectations?
An insightful short film on the effects of utilitarian education should be watched by parents, teachers, administrators, school board members and legislators so they can understand the damage done to children via a common educational mandate delivery as written by private non-governmental organizations. From the youtube description of “Alike”:
In a busy life,Copi is a father who tries to teach the right way to his son,Paste. But… what is the correct path?
Copi (Copy) and Paste show the lessons they both learn as they navigate in a highly structured society. Work is joyless for Copi and school is regimented for Paste. You can see how colour and joy drains from both of them and how it is recaptured. Spoiler alert: their energy is not derived from the institutions.
Parents, how do you want your child to ‘perform’ in school? What should their expectations be…what the common society determines they should be or should they be who they were created to be? How does ESSA/CCSSI fit into the film’s message? What is your job as a parent to protect your child from the State/NGO definition of how a child ‘should’ learn and the desired Social Emotional qualities the authorities determine are desired so the child can serve the workforce? From the closing credits:
Don’t stop fighting for your children.
(And thank you to Beth for the h/t and her continual fight against utilitarian education).