posted on Dec, 5 2004 @ 04:36 PM
I don't think there's any doubt in anyone's mind that the education system we have today is deeply flawed. I saw a documentary once where the
maker claimed that schools actually dumbed down kids to make their minds more moldable and stuff. I don't think curriculums (sp?) are made
specifically to make sure kids don't get too smart, but I guess it's possible.
However, I agree that kids are learning in a way that is not really sufficient, and not at all to what I think children's potentials are. This is
largely due to the fact that kids learn differently, and teachers only teach one way. So if you have a class full of thirty kids, only a few of them
are REALLY getting what the teacher is teaching, while the rest aren't learning quite as efficiently.
Another problem, as mentioned, is that people learn better when they're studying/researching themselves. Although this is arguable, I think it is
true. However, the fact is, kids don't have the motivation to study on their own, and they also don't have the knowledge of what things they are
going to need to know when they go to a university. They also don't know for sure what they're going to be when they grow up, so they need to make
sure they study a variety of things to give them basic skills in various subjects. I think if we could come up with curriculums that were more
individualized, like independent study curriculums, that were monitored by teachers/professors, who would make sure they were making steady progress
in their studies, then that would be nice. But that would be beyond difficult.
I think the school system needs definite changes, especially the grading system. Getting an "A" in school doesn't mean you learned anything, it
just means you know how to get an "A". I learned how to get straight A's without ever doing homework or really learning. (No, I never cheated.)
Taking tests and working the system is too easy. In New York they actually taught us how to pass a multiple choice test without knowing the
information. They gave us tips on how the questions were made, and therefore how to figure out which answer was right.
I found high school way too easy, and dropped out to pursue my own curriculum, although I use the word curriculum very loosely, as my studying is
extremely random and in no way controlled by anything a normal curriculum would be. When I originally decided to stop going to school, I was too
young to officially drop out, and so I just stopped going. The school counsellors talked to me and everything, the police threatened to send me to
juvenile hall and everything, but that never happened. They did, however, start sending me to all kinds of psychologists and psychiatrists and
doctors and quacks who diagnosed me with everything from ADD, to Adult ADD, to depression, to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and more. They prescribed
me with more drugs than I could count. At one time, I was supposed to take nineteen pills a day! (Since they never saw any improvement in my school
attendance they kept sending me to more and more different doctors who diagnosed and prescribed me with all kinds of different stuff.) Just because I
wasn't going to school and they thought there was some underlying mental disorder causing it! I never took any of the pills, because I think drugs
are bad! Anyway, this is getting pretty personal, the point is school isn't perfect. Is it being used to support some governmental plan to make us
all mindless drones? Heh, it's possible. The government does require everyone to attend. I don't know about that, but I'm sure we definitely
need to do something about the school system, and especially about the grading system.
[edit on 5-12-2004 by an3rkist]