The fallacy of all of these differing approaches is that education depends upon student aptitudes and desire. Yes, you must have good teachers. Yes, you must have a diverse curriculum. But regardless of proclamations that we need more math, more science, and more engineering emphasis and graduates, first we must have students with those interests and aptitude.
IF a student graduates high school and needs remedial math or remedial English, two questions come to mind. First, how did they graduate in the first place? Second, how did they get into college?
America needs some consistency state to state on primary education because of the nature of our economy and universities. But the efforts to date have been woefully ineffective by attempting nationwide standard testing.
Yes desire, the missing ingredient. Too many Gen Y's are lazy. Sprinkling the curriculum with more foo foo dust cannot disguise the fact that too many Americans have never developed a work ethic, a symptom of cultural rot that will be difficult to overcome.
I am a bonehead English student. I believe I was 12 before I understud why the general lee was the number 10 car and not the number 01 car. I got into collage but droped out after falling remidieal English twice. And I believe the proferser of English was trying to give me every thing he could to help me pass lol. Bryant how did I get into collage and even pass high school well I did test mensa in the forth grade after seeing doctors for testing because of major learning disabilitys. keep in mind I scored as low as you can on the English sections of the test. This is where I hit my peak!! To me who ever desided how the English words should be spelled was imo the dumby not me.
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I did not use spell checker but let me ask you can you not read it just the same as if I did?
Andrew Jackson, who was famous for his creative spelling, once said, " It is a poor fool who only knows one way to spell a word."
Until it can be widely understood that there are so many different ways of learning...until we, as a country, honestly care about real education, we will continue this downward spiral. As the parent of a child who is intellectually gifted but ended up getting a GED when he turned 18, I wish I had been given more options. Though my child does not possess a college degree, his capacity for learning has never dimmed and he constantly astounds me with his knowledge. As a child, we read the encyclopedias and he loved learning. Yet, all the teachers seemed to be concerned with was how much he wiggled his pencil. How I wish I had known more about home schooling back then.
So, yes, having a "college degree" no longer means what it used to. Come on, follow the money...if "Citizens United" has not hidden it from you. Who benefits financially? Sorry, I seem to be a little bit angry :)
Philistines are draining the humanity from public education. The reforms make economic sense but are very bad for human beings. And saddest of all is the fact that it is a response to a manufactured crisis.
Sparkle, my best friend (now having shuffled off this mortal coil) made it through high school, did one semester at a community college. Use to whip my butt at chess consistently. I don't know if this os a commentary on his ability or my lack of skill.
But he could do anything with his hands. He had exceptional mechanical ability and mad carpentry skills. He made a good living and provided for his family. As a nation and as a community, we need to recognize and encourage those individuals who do not fall into - or necessarily want to - the college degree treadmill.
That only happens locally. The best teachers may recognize it but do they have programs to meet the need.
Sparklebeam,Our society has less and less tolerance for those who march to the beat of a different drummer ,and that is a great shame.It is past time to rediscover that education is an intensely human activity,that each and every student matters, and that the movers and shakers of this country have always seen things a little differently. It's a big,beautiful country and everyone should have a seat at the table.