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What do you guys think about the current state of public education
"Far too much of our efforts have been focused on the issue of lets find the short term fix ... rather than the issue of understanding that what we are into is a total restructuring of the society. What is happening in America today and what is happening to Kansas in the great plains is not simply a chance situation in the usual winds of change. What it amounts to is a total transformation of our society ... and the issues for most children, as is the issue for most of society, is that what has changed in education today is that we no longer see the teaching of facts and information as the primary outcome of eduction. During the past ten years we have been going through a reform movement, and that reform movement began with the governors of the nations ... deciding that what their concern was ... they began to understand the very close relationship between economic development and human capital."
"They learn that mathematics is man made, that it is arbitrary, and good solutions are arrived at by consensus among those who are considered expert."
"Because the curriculum does not emphasise arithmetic computations done by hand some students may not do as well on tests assessing computational skills. We believe such a trade off in favour of CMP is very much to the students advantage in the world of work."
"Generally, more highly educated people, who have higher incomes, consume more resources than poorly educated people, who tend to have lower incomes. In this case, more education increases the threat to sustainability."
"Indeed, in the 21st century, the literacy of SD will be as essential to comprehending the world as were the traditional skills of reading and writing at the start of the 20th century."
"The effectiveness must ultimately be measured by the degree to which ESD changes the attitudes and behaviours of people, both in their individual roles and in carrying out their collective responsibilities and duties as citizens"
"Learning has not taken place until behaviour is changed."
"Values, attitudes and interests can be learned/taught and also objectively evaluated."
reply to post by Notheycant
Another good video, Josh. The pool thing was weird, but unique
I've been discussing public education with others this week on this thread: Which is preferable: Secular Education or Theocracy?, and my conclusion is that we've given the government control over education long enough for them to conclusively demonstrate that they're not very good at providing it, and we need an open market for all parents to be given choice in where they send their kids to school, not just for the wealthy.
reply to post by Notheycant
As soon as the host said "hey the United States... we're the best" I had to deny ignorance and stop the video. It's exactly that type of casual ignorance that destroys developing minds.
Totally hear what you are saying but we really never have given people a true free market choice for education. Why is it we can enjoy the free market just for goods but not services.