| Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 08:21 am |
Ummm, I have to agree with the point of having to take responsibility of your own education.
First of all, if the public school system...or any school system for that matter, were to try to take on the responsiblity to teach eveyr little detail of every subject...man, kids would have to sit in their chairs literally 24 hours a day!
Your Russo-Polish war of 1924 is a great example of that. BTW, it started in 1920 I believe, not 1924. But that war was so inconsequential, especially here in America (America was very much into isolationist policy at this time, that whatever happened in another part of the world, not even the government would have known about it.)
What would benefit kids about knowing such an obscure war, if you could even call it that?
No, what schools need to teach, as has already been suggested, are codes of morality, health, math, science, general history, and proper grammar.
Extending the school day will do nothing, except to bore the hell out of kids even more, making actualy learning much more difficult. Instead, more free-time should be added. Meaning gym classes and lunch periods should be longer. Especially gym. Exercise has been proven to be a key ingredient in giving a person more energy, and vitality, after all. I know I had a gym class as my very first class one semester, and I made all straight As, despite the fact that I had the toughest classes that year.
More exercise increases blod flow to the brain, same with better quality food. With more blood flow and better food, the education quality will be much higher. If a teacher were to spend 45 minutes lecturing on the Civil War without these things, the kids will get almost nothing form it.
The teacher with the same lecture, will see better class participation, and higher grades with the same kids just after a stimulating gym class.
Recent years, schools have been cutting down on gym classes, elementary schools taking away both gym AND recess, when their the people with the MOST energy to burn! Schools serve crappy foods, such as pizzas, those slushy drinks, sodas, fries and chips. That has got to stop!
Other than that, schools should be preparing kids for the real world. Bill Gates has this to say about our schools here in America:
"â€śYour school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades; they'll give you as many chances as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHINâ€ť"
"â€śIf you give people tools, [and they use] their natural ability and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected.â€ť"
"â€śLife is not fair; get used to it.â€ť"
"â€śLife is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.â€ť"
"â€śSuccess is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.â€ť"
Smart man, he is....
All the stuff I have learned, no teacher taught me at all. Everything I have learned was through reading. I only got the basics from school. High school certainly did a very poor job in preparing me for real life.