Oh, for being prepared to handle the real world. What is the real world anyway? And how do we really prepare for it? How do we prepare for a visit to another country? How do we prepare for the real world of parenthood? How do we prepare for the reality of losing a loved one?
The whole focus on the “real world”, and how to prepare for it, is absurd. Yet, here we are, in a society that’s obsessed with whether our children will be ready for it. Instead of focusing on the reality that is already here, we’re too busy preparing, as a culture, to see how important the now really is.
Here’s a discussion about this topic, and some really good commentary.
On preparing children for the real world by making them go to school all day, by Gentlemaitresse:
If we were to make this kind of prediction for school children, we could easily say that they won’t be prepared to be on a board of directors because they do not practice parliamentary procedure in the classroom each day. We could say that they will be unable to compete in sports because a professional athelete must work out in the gym for hours each day.
People forget that children are children, and their needs are different from those of adults. While we want to keep the goal in mind (of preparing them for adulthood), that is vastly different from treating them as if they are already adults who can sit still and write notes all day.