reply to post by darthStar
It's really just indoctrination past a certain point. Earlier years we do indeed need formative ideas and lessons. After a certain point though it's
no longer anything useful. I personally think we should let kids choose at the beginning of middle school what classes they can take that would lead
them in a direction they are happy with for their future.
I love history. It's the only thing I really paid attention to in school. But you can't believe there is truth in everything. So now, long out of
school, I still only really watch the history channel and read books on history. I then go and compare what I have learned and try to find the truth
to separate it from the crap.
I took typing and computer science in ninth grade (1998). They were my only electives because my school offered nothing I was interested in (mostly
business) and I had been using computers since.... I dunno, years at that point. They were just classes I took to keep my overall average up.
I always failed math because they always wanted you to "show your work" to prove no calculator was used, and well, I can't show them my brain
making the connections.
English was boring and fairly useless. I see no point in reading antiquated books that have no bearing on my understanding of my native language
(though I usually read them anyway, I'm the kind of person who will read the history of a business on the side of their juice container) and nothing
past middle school is really about deeper understanding of the language.
Science always interested me, but it was hard for me to take these "facts" seriously seeing as there were major breakthroughs in understanding of
things every day almost (is it just me or were there really a lot more scientific breakthroughs in the late 90s than there are today?) and everything
was constantly changing. I did love chemistry though.
Anyway, I'm babbling. Point is, my 3.5 year old daughter can already use a comp and is learning to type, and I can't imagine a lot if not most kids
will be the same in the future. Why keep computer and typing classes that most kids don't need? At least make them completely elective.
As of right now, the only way to get real world training is to either A) be a total "failure" in the eyes of the school system and get sent to a
vocational school or B) go to college. I can't see college enrollment doing anything but dropping in the coming years, so if you want a sustainable
economy start giving kids classes helpful to their futures and quit with the indoctrination crap.
If you read all of that, I thank you and apologize at the same time, as I think that whole post was mostly incoherent. Just something I feel strongly
about seeing as I refused the indoctrination and dropped out of school my freshman year to teach myself the thing I felt I would need. Look, I
actually made use of years of self teaching! It's not always a bad ending like people assume with alternative learning.
[edit on 17-4-2009 by Magnivea]