posted on Aug, 15 2011 @ 07:45 PM
School is a joke. Or at least it was back when I was going. I'm sure it's probably worse today.
It's not a place to learn, it's a place to feed teacher's egos, get children used to being chit on all the time, getting used to being powerless,
useless memorization, and not questioning authority.
They don't provide a good environment for learning. I'm sorry, a cold white room with uncomfortable desk-chair units, not being allowed to socialize
and converse with your peers, and listening to some old, out of touch idiot blather on about whatever a book tells him to do that day isn't a place
School should stimulate your desire for knowledge. Instead school stimulates your desire to GET THE HECK OUT OF THERE.
Why do you have assigned reading? Why make a child read a book he couldn't care less about? He will begin to hate reading. How about you let the
students choose their own books to read?
How about instead of making children sit in silence for 30 minutes while they read a mind-numbingly boring "history" book, the teacher engages the
students in a lively discussion about certain historical events and periods of time?
Why waste a child's time learning advanced math, chemistry, etc if they aren't interested in such things, and aren't going to go into a career
where they will ever need this information?
One sized fits all education doesn't work. If they haven't noticed, people all go on to lead vastly different lives, with different interests,
hobbies, jobs, etc. Giving them all the same education is like feeding a baby the same thing you would feed a fish.
Schools need to recognize the world we live in. They need to teach job search skills, resume writing skills, interviewing skills. How to grow a
garden, how to cook. How to shop smart, buying healthy food for a low price. Basic medical care and first aid. They need to bring back trades, not
everyone is going to become a hedge fund manager or a CEO. In fact MOST of them won't. Allow them to learn a trade. Plumber, electrician, auto
mechanic, construction worker, etc.
School is just next to useless these days. I mean, obviously children need to learn how to read, write, speak, do basic maths, and definitely need to
learn US and world history.
But past that, kids need a more wholesome education. I realize parents have a responsibility to their children, and should also be teachers. But if
you are going to send a kid somewhere for 7 hours a day, 10 months out of the year until they are 17/18 years old, that gives you a HUGE opportunity
to teach children a lot of things.
But no, kids come out of school with no idea on how to write a resume, conduct yourself well in an interview, find a job, grow your own food, shop
smart, manage your money, fix a car, do odd repairs around the house, clean and stitch up a wound, catch a fish, they have a severe lack of knowledge
about how politics works, about the history of our country, about the history of the planet.
But they do know how to do long division, the know how many electrons are in a certain element, what a covalent bond is, very specific dates about a
few pretty unimportant historical event while being totally ignorant of the overall picture of our history as a country and as a species, they did
dissect a cow's eyeball and a preserved frog, and they did listen to a lecture about how evil drugs are, and about how evil sex is.
Yeah, we got our priorities straight when it comes to how to school children.