On Education

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There are immeasurable problems with our current education system, and one of the biggest is due to measuring. The curriculum is cookie-cutter, one-stop-shop, fit the square in the box, and then tested on a human scale. We are not robots, but we learn this way. The basics are entirely about repetition and memorization. (and should be initially) There is no wonder then why kids are bored to tears and acting out; one of the reasons for the ADHD and ADD problems. The standardized testing system is really a slippery slope to being ignorant by the time one reaches university. I had no clue about politics. I had no interest in math. Now, basic political punditry excites me to no end and song-writing and music producing is entirely math! Go figure…

Frames are good for keeping structure; we just don’t live in a compartmentalized system anymore. We have surpassed the Industrial Revolution’s purpose for worker-bees at the factory. We are in a connection economy, which means any skill you have can be turned into a career. We can be paid to play with our hobbies. This is one reason why, home-ec and wood-shop and the like should return to high schools. Kids need to learn a trade or hone in on skills BEFORE they get to, or decide to go to college. Learning a bit of work ethic before one graduates thinking the world owes them something wouldn’t hurt either. Most college graduates spend 3 years just looking for a job in their field, and that’s a generous assessment.  A diploma is no longer a guarantee for success. As a matter of fact, it’s just a guarantee for student loan debt.

I’m sympathetic to these parents that put their kids in every type of extracurricular activity, whether to keep them out of trouble or encouraging them to find that one skill they may later profit from. The problem is being too busy to be bored, which is where we find our creativity. These points are why I’m a big proponent of home-schooling. The frame is flexible and the time is stretched out. Parents can tell the stories that make history exciting and rich, not just give linear facts and dates and names to remember for a test. (a test which only ensures the school in the district is still deserving of its funding) There is only so much information a teacher can impart, so yes, the fundamentals are key. In a dreamworld, high schools would be run similar to Google’s headquarters: skill centers, free-time, creative spaces…Now, even Physical Education (playing outside) is cut. And we wonder why the obesity epidemic is so bad. *that’s* a whole other post

I don’t really know where I was planning to go with this, but it’s something I think about a lot. I’ll probably be an ass-hole of a parent. Lol…

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