Pluralistic values in a public education

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Pluralistic values in a public education

People can come to our school and they say well this works fine but what about in the public system. The public schools lack the resources to be able to do this. No, public schools lack the will to do this. They lack the system around which to organize. They’ve been put into a little box basically based on 19th century ideas. It’s a factory model of education where you have certain people that succeed because here’s the one system that everybody is supposed to fit into; and then there’s the kids who don’t fit into that. So who are the kids who don’t fit into that? There are kids who fail. We have, unfortunately, millions of examples of kids whom the educational system has failed and we all pay the price for that, not just those children, but all of us because we’re part of one society. Who else does this fail? If you think of three people who’ve changed the world in the last 20, 30 years, if you think about Bill Gates and you think about Mark Zuckerberg and you think about Steve Jobs. What do those three guys have in common? They all dropped out of school because the educational system didn’t give them what they needed to do. So If we’re thinking about pluralism and how pluralism honors each child for who they are, if that was the basics system approach to how we started doing things then all schools, public and private, would have to look at kids through that lens. That’s what makes pluralism different from anything else that we’re talking about. When we talk about traditional schools and progressive schools, what we’re really talking about there is what children learn and how they learn it. But pluralism gets to the essence of why we even have schools. Why should we have this social construct that kids have to go to? And I think that that’s where pluralism comes in and the way you go about doing that is by starting with a child’s strengths; because they come to school motivated and wanting to learn and we just have to maintain that spark and that’s what our job is in elementary school.

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Joel Pelcyger is the Founder and Head of PS1 Pluralistic School, an elementary school for grades K-6. PS1 was founded in 1971 and is a family-oriented, independent, and non-profit school located in the heart of Santa Monica, CA.

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