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  • violentBebop

    I think he's right. The failure of American schools is not even debated anymore. We rank so low in many areas nation wide.

    The lecture method is proven to be ineffective at best. The other half of the coin is the anti-socialization of learning in our country.

    Kids and adults are effectively brainwashed by the time they reach middle school, let alone high school.

    We need more consumers, not scholars right?

  • thomaskristianna

    Why is it that science, math, reading, history and geography (the fundamentals) is becoming absent in American scholastic. Many point out how useless history based solely on the repeat of the forgotten wars ( those who do not know history are apt to repeat it). History, as it has always been taught is full of dates and events that bring no cohesive relations to the subject.

    In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

    There is no conversation on why he sailed under the Flag of Spain and not under the Italian flag; and so discovered 'America'. Columbus sailing under the flag of Queen Elizabeth of Spain, who ruled the Italian houses of Milan under the Diet of Spain, (like the tail that wagged the Roman Dog under the Greeks in the Greco-Roman Empire. None of this is ever brought up about Columbus and the relations of Spain to Italy; like that of the relations between the Greeks and the Romans. Without such details history seems so damn boring it could put an insomniac to sleep. People learn by doing and when the subject is alive and not DOA with places, dates and faces.

    Shakespeare slept here.

  • dmpfahl

    I would argue that some form of classical learning - knowing the most popular works of Shakespeare, having a passing acquaintance with the periodic table and getting the Cliff Notes version of world history (not just the US) is essential to become a well-rounded adult. Knowing how to look things up, communicate well, work with others and pursue interests are all well and good but if you don't teach the basics kids are going to grow up not understanding classic works of art and literature that have formed an important role in our culture and our evolution as a society.

    Definitely give the kids more control over their curricula, but let's not forget the basics, as boring as they are. They form a common ground on which we can all stand equally and share experiences, and that's just as important as teaching engineering in school.