Thought of the day:
We’ve built our empire of semesters, units, blocks, and lessons off of a strong foundation of educational standards. Every public school aims to fulfill as many of these standards as possible for every student.
But what does this education prepare kids for, really? Is it truly in the best interests of our youth to ensure that each and every one of them can “RL.11-12.9. Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics” or “F-TF.8. Prove the Pythagorean identity sin2(θ) + cos2(θ) = 1 and use it to find sin(θ), cos(θ), or tan(θ) given sin(θ), cos(θ), or tan(θ) and the quadrant of the angle?”
For some kids, yes. But, I believe, not for all. I believe that for as many kids as not—and likely more—this type of cookie-cutter education is a misallocation of resources and time.
We need to give kids the chance to develop unique, specialized skills in their talent areas before they leave free education. If we don’t, free education will remain nothing more than a hoop to jump through in order to get to the high-price schooling that actually prepares one for a career. And that, forgive my language, is bullshit.1 note