Some like John Dewey have said that:
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
Dewey's words imply that school is more about the whole child and less about the economy or the workforce.
I can remember having a conversation about this topic with a teacher colleague and they told me:
You know, school isn't for everyone.
That statement still gives me the chills. If you believe school is just a glorified employee training program then this statement isn't all that concerning. After all, some people are born ahead of their time and don't fit in our current world because they were meant to
shape our next world.
But what if you subscribe more to Dewey's philosophy? What human being should be denied the opportunity to education? Or in Dewey's words, who should be denied life?
If we undestand what John Dewey was trying to say then we have to stop saying children fail school; because if school is for everyone, and a child fails, then school failed the child.