Reforming The US’ Education System

  • by Gitabushi

It seems obvious our education system has failed, and failed badly.

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Or, rather, out education system has failed to educate the masses. It’s done a great job fulfilling the Leftist goals of indoctrination and setting people up for failures that make them dependent on the government, resentful, and more likely to vote Democrat.

Yesterday, I participated in a short Twitter conversation with this comment:

 

…which made me stop and think, what does college have to do with?

As it currently stands, aside from the Leftist radicalization and sustenance of a bureaucrat class, college less serves the needs of the students, and more serves the needs of employers.  And it does it in a fairly indirect way: if you can get through college, you probably can learn the job.  Moreover, the more prestigious the college, the more likely you’ll be able to learn how to do the job fairly well, and the better your network, for…stuff? …and things?

So my first thought was the only direct reason to go to college is knowledge.  For some career fields.  The college degree provides a curated body of knowledge you should be familiar with for your chosen career field.

But, again, there are other ways to do this that are probably just as good.  Plus, that only covers college; our elementary and high school systems are also not directly useful to the students we require to be there.

So after all this exposition, if someone was stupid enough to put me in charge of the entire national education, here is what I would do, in large, basic strokes:

  • Civics education: No one should graduate from high school without understanding the necessity of the electoral college and all the checks and balances of the federal government, along with the rationale for handling laws at the lowest level possible (federalism)
  • Critical thinking: Schools shouldn’t be telling students what to think, but how to think.  Yes, yes, yes: that’s what the humanities purports to do.  It hasn’t been that way for decades
  • Life skills: Why not have classes on basic home repairs, basic cooking, how to budget, how to prepare for emergencies, how to avoid making bad financial decisions?  They taught the food pyramid in schools, so teaching the Path to a Stable Life shouldn’t be out of bounds
    • The Path to a stable life is:
      • Get an education
      • Get a job
      • Get married
      • Stay faithful
      • Buy a home
      • Have at least 3 kids
      • Do all this IN ORDER
      • Do all this while delaying gratification
  • Understanding yourself: Starting in elementary school, part of the education process should be helping the individual identify how they best learn, what sort of work is most satisfying to them (working alone, working on a team, jobs with constant/minor deliverables vs jobs with large-but-less-immediate deliverables, etc.)
  • Emotional stability: less on self-esteem and participation trophies, more on coping, not panicking, thinking through crises, etc.  This can be taught; why isn’t it?  Not everyone will learn it while in school, but they will at least have been introduced to the concepts, so they will be more likely to figure it out as they mature
  • Leadership: the world needs more leaders
  • Vocational education tracks (everyone recognizes the need for this)
  • Later on, probably in college, there should be classes where the grade comes from overcoming normal obstacles in life. For instance, showing up every single day, on time, and following complicated sick call procedures when sick. Or having to coordinate a project with students in different classes with different teachers in different departments
  • A re-focus on the original intended outcomes at each level of education:
    • Elementary/Middle School: Life skills, i.e., everything you need to have a decent life, no matter what your career is; learning how to learn
    • High School: Rote memorization of knowledge
    • Undergraduate: Restating knowledge in your own words
    • Master’s: Synthesis of knowledge: seeing new implications of existing knowledge by combining it in novel ways
    • PhD: Creation of new knowledge through research and deep study/analysis

I’m sure this list can be improved by adding some areas, tweaking some areas I mentioned, or even excising one or two if they aren’t workable.

But at least it’s a contribution to the ongoing debate of how to fix our education system if we ever pry it out of the grip of tyrannical Leftists.

Thoughts?

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2 thoughts on “Reforming The US’ Education System

  1. Speaking as a teacher, I really believe the vast majority of issues in public education come from the fact that teachers have to serve so many roles besides just teaching. If my job was just to give assignments and grade them, then everything would be great. But teachers have to be parents and paperwork clerks and data accountants alongside teachers, and that’s where the breakdown occurs.

    I absolutely advocate for more emphasis on vocational education in alternative classroom settings, hell even apprenticeship programs. But so much of this emotional education and leadership and life skills work shouldn’t be the responsibility of someone like me who is here to teach //science//. Simply put there just aren’t enough teachers to cover all the bases in a public school setting and school districts don’t have the funds (or don’t manage the funds) to allow for more faculty to cover it in full.

    I mean you would not believe the number of open positions being filled by long-term subs and un-credentialed individuals just because we don’t have the teachers for the GENERAL courses every year.

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    1. I think this is an excellent point.
      I really think we need to adjust policy to employ vouchers, such that homeschooling can be a more viable option for more parents.

      Too many parents *do* outsource parenting to teachers, and that both sucks, and is wrong.

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