From the everything old becomes new again file:
Now, we're told, a distinguished psychologist proposes putting most people to work at age 12, with a knowledge of the basic three Rs and nothing more.
It will make them grow up, he says. This is hailed as a revolutionary new concept, never heard of before.
In fact, it isn't new at all.
One of those old-style teachers, who died in the early '50s, was Sir Richard Livingstone, a classics prof and educational philosopher.
He was Dewey's contemporary but held very different ideas. Livingstone defined what he called "educable ages" of human beings.
We are most educable, he said, when we're very young, least educable in the teen years and early 20s, and become highly educable again as adults.
He therefore proposed the high school system be abolished, except for the very brightest of students, and that the money thereby saved be directed instead into community schools for adults. Calgary Sun
Meld this will the renewed calls for vocational education, by those who recognize academics isn't for everyone, and we may be on to something. I'm certainly not encouraging shipping off the new teens to sweatshops but some honest labor may help many of these students 'find themselves' and also solve many truancy and discipline issues as well.