I finally read Doc Searls' article, Getting Flat PartII. It's an absolute must read, as much for the referenced quotes, as for Doc Searls' views on the myth of IQ and IQ tests, and more importantly, Education.
As a Training Manager, a Trainer, and a father of 2 young kids, I have a fascination with learning.
And also my own experiences of education. I had a very conventional education, but I had an unconventional brain, like many kids and teenagers. I was a square peg in a round hole.
At aged 5, it all started off ok. I could read, write, and do maths.
But suddenly other kids were getting ahead of me at being able to physically write, but I was getting ahead of them at maths. Way Way ahead. 4 years ahead. At aged 7-8 the teacher was having to set special questions for two of us. But at the same time, I couldn't physically write.
So what you had was a kid, who was well advanced at maths, but couldn't write, so I got averaged out, and you're always measured on your weakest bit, not your best thing.
David learns to read at age four; Rachel, at age nine: In normal development, when both are 13, you can't tell which one learned first--the five-year spread means nothing at all. But in school I label Rachel "learning disabled" and slow David down a bit, too. For a paycheck, I adjust David to depend on me to tell him when to go and stop. He won't outgrow that dependency. I identify Rachel as discount merchandise, "special education" fodder. She'll be locked in her place forever.
And I've always had another problem. In spite of my strengths in
maths and all things spatial, I don't always do well in the tests, even
numeric progressions, simply because I'm often looking for something
more complex than is the answer!! At aged 7, I sat a "little
test" which unbeknown to me was an assessor for my likely progression
to the main test at 11. I did really badly. So my parents
pulled me out of that school and put me into a private school which
specialised in IQ tests.
My IQ didn't improve, it's just that I got used to taking IQ tests. So I passed at aged 11.
And then years of suffering with my handwriting at senior school.
Somehow I got by, and off to University. Turns out, that I'm probably dyslexic.
Something has to be done about our archaic attitude to education, set
in a Victorian workhouse, to lock up kids and educate them to all be
the same and within a narrow confine of what is "intelligent".
All suggestions on how to change things quickly before Georgia goes to school in a few years time are welcome!!