"Ignorance is not bliss, it’s annoying and must be dealt with."
"I do find that children have a particular fault: they don’t know very much. I have never met a child who couldn’t be improved by learning more. I get the most satisfaction out of my relationship with the children I teach when I cause them to learn. Ignorance is not bliss, it’s annoying and must be dealt with. That is the purpose of my work."has spurred me into blogging him once more.
I don't know what subject he teaches, but I do know there will be some children in his classes who naturally love the subject, and some who have no interest in it whatsoever - as well as all the shades of grey in between those two extremes. Falling into the first category, no doubt, will be those who have a natural affinity for understanding it and the latter group will, no doubt, include some people for whom it will always be boring gobbledegook no matter how well it's taught.
This is the nature of the human race. Our strength lies in our diversity. Some people are brilliant mathematicians, others are natural writers, some are artists. Some of us are great athletes, musicians, or scientists. Some people are just good at teaching or preaching or parenting. For every person who exists in society, there is a job that needs doing which is a role for which they are precisely suited. This applies to all jobs - paid and unpaid, taught and untaught. And it applies to all people. And sometimes it might vary throughout their lives. But we need everyone, and we need all the positions filled.
So how can schools, governments, or anyone else decide what every child must learn? What if they get it wrong, and try to force an artist to learn too much maths, or a mathematician to do too much athletics training? What if that person needed to spend that time developing a different ability to the one they were timetabled to learn? What if that person's specialist subject doesn't appear on the timetable at all?