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ScreeFi

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I deeply feel that this is an issue that needs to be addressed by the JP. I have involved in alternative education and youth/young adult counseling for a decade now, and I have a great deal of criticism for local and national approaches to Public Education. The issues of standardized tests, funding difficulties, etc. highlight more systemic problems of an education system that focuses on short-term memorization of facts and testing strategies, instead of developing skills for living, such as basic skills of reading, writing, and fundamental mathematics; fostering natural curiosity, research, presentation of ideas, communication and debate; understand history, culture, and society as an evolving continuum of cause and effect, and one's own personal agency within one's life and environment. All of these things are fundamental in building an active, effective, informed citizenry, and have been cast by the wayside for more easily qualified categories.

Most educational professionals will admit today that our education system is painfully outdated, and based off of the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, where the priorities were to produce efficient workers in factory settings. Relatively few factory positions are left in American employment, and yet we continue to focus on strategies that fit that model. Instead of developing and diversifying our approach, we have narrowed the focus onto a gauntlet of tests, most of which are prepared for by "teaching to the test" - focusing on strategies for achieving a higher score, than actually learning new things about the world, or how to pursue one's own passions in life.

It is painfully obvious in working with young people today, that the first years of their young-adult and adulthood are frequently spent trying to adapt to a world school did not prepare them for. What can we do to better develop our upcoming citizens?

JoshuaBudden

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What can we do to better develop our upcoming citizens?


One fairly quantifiable peice that needs added to curriculums is a solid base in statistics.  Americans are attacked with stats from one source or another every day of their life.  People need to know how to question the BS being thrown at them.

As far a preparing our chilren to succeed, we could do better with teching basic life skills such as healt, finance and orgonization.  We also, most importantly, need to nurture rather than squash creativity. People who are not prepared to be wrong, are not prepared to be inovative.  I really like this book, for that reason.

http://www.amazon.com/Wreck-This-Journal-Duct-Expanded/dp/0399162704/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354664134&sr=8-1&keywords=wreck+this+journal

Share this speech with everyone you can, and help get people thinking differently aout education.  http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

JoshuaBudden

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And lots of people do need to move to think.  We need classrooms that can teach these people.  12+ years is the current system is enough to break them.
No Difference

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Excellent point, Joshua, re statistics education.  May I take it one step further?  I propose a 12-year program in civics instruction, alongside math and science, reading, writing, and art and music.  I would like to see our educational system pumping out REAL citizens, who are ready to make smart if difficult choices.

I also think a 12-year curriculum in logic needs almost no fanfare.

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Education is so important. Why is no one even talking about reforming our schools and universities?

The people running the show are completely inept. Bring back our educational values. Europe and Asia value education and we don't.


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