Friday, 21 September 2012

Just Some Observations over Education

Do most high school kids (fifteen to eighteen) need trigonometry?  No.

Do most high school kids (fifteen to eighteen) need calculus?  No.

Do most high school kids (fifteen to eighteen) need biology?  No.

Do most high school kids (fifteen to eighteen) need chemistry?  No.

Do most high school kids (fifteen to eighteen) need geometry?  No.

Do most high school kids (fifteen to eighteen) need English literature, Shakespeare, or Hemingway?  No.

The truth is....somewhere around age fourteen....you can split off a class of twenty-five students.  Fifteen of them need maybe one more year of real education, and you'd be best to put the fifteen kids into job training type areas (carpentry, mechanics, office administration, road construction, etc) after that point.

The remaining ten?  They are the ones that need more intensive classes.  You are simply wasting teachers, man-hours, and the energy of kids....on topics of no value for the bulk of the group.

Forget these fancy summits that you hear about where four hundred educational experts meet and want to help every single student get a vast amount of education, which might be mostly worthless.  

We could release 200k teachers across the nation from their jobs.....and put them back into private jobs, if we were simply thinking about reality.

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