posted on Oct, 6 2009 @ 11:43 AM
To the OP: One of the things my wife kept saying, and I agree to some extent. Is that education now a days (high school and college) has now become a
"Happy factory worker" factory. I know, redundant. But what it means is, that education now a days in the U.S. is no longer focused on shaping the
new Einstein's or the new Bach's of the world, but rather, create workers that will be happy working a 9-5 job and will have just enough knowledge
to help "run" the machine (entry level to upper management positions) but not enough so that they can build their own machine or help fight the one
that is enslaving them right now.
Now my college experience definitely shares a lot in common with yours. Classes seemed all too familiar to high school classes, roommates were
interested mainly in partying, sports or sex. Really, the only classes that were drastically different from high school, were classes in my
specialization (film making, theater and the arts). My teachers were not as arrogant or snobbish, they were a lot of fun and very helpful. They were
fun to be around with, but then again, I always was the odd one in school. I got along better with teachers than I ever did with students, but that's
just because I was always taught to show respect to my teachers, something the other students never understood. So naturally, my instinct was to avoid
students like that.
I definitely concur that a change in the educational system is needed, and no, I don't mean the Obama brand of change. I mean real and MEANINGFUL
change. We need to look back at history, research what it is that our educational system did pre and post WW2 (when we became a super power) and see
how it can be emulated, and improved on.
See, when I was a kid in the 80's, we still saw kids playing outside, doing hobbies such as building boxcars (a low level forms of carpentry) or
build and play with the toy rockets where you had to make your egg survive (a form of physics), how about flying the big toy airplanes? or, in my
case, building HAM radios (electronics) Now a days, kids won't go outside, few do hobbies like these as they prefer to play computer games instead.
Our kids are no longer involved with the world around them as they used to and this is really sad to see as this is an important building block for
Now I'm not saying THIS and THIS alone is the solution, it's not, it's simply a small step in a bigger plan that is needed. Of course, kids can't
do this alone either. Parents have to get involved and help get their children involved. You have to stop letting the TV and the computer babysit your
children and get them involved in these activities. Get them involved in boyscouts, or send them to space camp, take them to the museum, get them
excited again about their world. If you have to, then put away the TV and the computer, disconnect the internet if you have to, but get them out of
the house and make them go out and explore their world! That's how we start getting Einstein's and Bach's back into our nation!