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Originally posted by cavtrooper7
reply to post by bigdohbeatdown
I'm sorry what is the Socratic Method? Please explain with a statement not a link.
I SAW how the schools changed from the 60s to the mid 70s.I failed the second grade because of a "math block" that has hamstrung my life.
They stopped teaching me and brought in prepackaged programs to fit all. From what I have seen only gifted students have this tutelage to succeed,never mind the arts.
I agree with your comment here:
However, a good teacher doesn't teach from a textbook. Its there as a reference tool only. I know a lot of teachers, especially the older ones, do use the book. But in an ideal world that wouldn't be the case.
I am curious if you are concerned about the effects of the standardized tests? Many teachers have expressed outrage that the necessity for a school to score highly on these test, in order to receive funding, has made it so teachers are forced to spend a significant portion of the year doing nothing but teaching from the text book. They believe that they are no longer teaching anything but the ability to recite on demand.Do you believe this to be the case?
Also what are your thoughts on the schools' role in the physical deterioration of children over the last several decades? This is another issue teachers have expressed outrage over. Do you also believe that the lack of physical activity and nutrition while the child is in the schools' care is to the detriment of the child?edit on 16-1-2013 by harvib because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by harvib
reply to post by smyleegrl
So the big question becomes, do you believe this to be a result of incompetence on the part of policy makers or is this being doing purposefully in order to produce a sub class populated with the majority. A populace that is being trained to be able to endure repetitive mindless task, who is incapable of question, who is unable to think of a structure other then the one imposed on them, fragile and weak, unmotivated, and too unhealthy and tired to care. The latter being the belief of several that are critical of the current school system's policies and motivations.edit on 16-1-2013 by harvib because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by AngryCymraeg
reply to post by drmeola
My wife's a teacher. She taught in both the UK and the US. Are you saying that she's a tool of some kind of conspiracy? Because if you are she's going to laugh. A lot.