Susan Engel: Learning is anti-depressant

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This reference is used to annotate "I would never send my kids to school" (2017) by Piotr Wozniak

School or adult-led coaching can make kids depressed. At the same time, exploration and learning may be sources of immense pleasure. When I say that learning is an anti-depressant, I insist that by restoring the learn drive, which we often lose during the years of coercive education, we can build an inner source of cheap and healthy anti-depressants. All we need to do is to unlearn the long years of schooling and authoritarian parenting. This is not always possible or easy, but Susan Engel provides a great deal of hints on the power of curiosity and exploration. Schools should be joy, but this can only happen when coercion ends. Compulsory schooling must end.

When a friend went to get his 7-year-old son from soccer practice, his kid greeted him with a downcast face and a despondent voice. The coach had chastised him for not paying attention and not focusing on his soccer drills. The little boy walked out of the school with his head drooping downwards, shoulders slumped, dragging his way towards the car. He seemed wrapped in sadness. But just before he reached the car door, he suddenly stopped, crouching down to peer at something on the sidewalk. His face went down lower and lower, and then, with complete ebullience he called out, "Dad. C’mere. This is the most amazing bug I’ve ever seen. It has, like, a million legs. Look at this. It’s awesome." He looked up at his father, his features brimming with energy and delight. "Can’t we stay here for just a minute? I want to find out what he does with all those legs. This is the coolest ever."


Quoted excerpts come from the following reference:

Title: Joy: A Subject Schools Lack

Author: Susan Engel

Date: January 26, 2015

Backlink: Learning and depression

Link: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/01/joy-the-subject-schools-lack/384800/