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Matt Dale

Teacher and Coach, Canyon High School

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At what age could students abandon a general education and enter an immersion-type education in a field of their interest?

An idea I had for educational model where all students did a compulsory education (much different than what we have now) consisting of fundamental skills (academic, social, cultural, interpersonal, artistic, creative and many more life-relevant skills) and then, upon completion, spent the rest of their education immersed in fields where they engage in real life learning in an endless array of fields. Currently, our "compulsory" component lasts 13 years, and is filled with numerous required elements that are unnecessary and irrelevant, while neglecting opportunities for students to learn things that tap into their human potential. At that point, their "free" education is up and their pursuit of their own interests now come at their own financial cost. I imagine that the transition into this more individualized education could come at an earlier time and could be similarly funded by the government until around age 18 (as is the case with the current model).

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    Mar 15 2011: I think that although we should get educated in all subjects, we are also thinking about which collages we want to apply to so we can do the job or jobs we want to do. Maybe around 12th grade, students should get the normal subjects (reading, math, science, social studies, ect) taught at school for half of the normal school day, BUT for the other half of the day, (this is NOT extra curriculum) students would go to special classes that specialize in teaching students how to do certain jobs. This could help because that way students can get a better idea of which job they want to do before collage in case they may change they're mind about what job they can do. This can also help a student because he or she would be more motivated at school if they have a specific job they've always wanted to do and they can get more experience at school. BTW I'm only in 5th grade!! :3
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      Mar 15 2011: One thing I really want people to know is that while these immersed educational experiences can be related to a potential career, I am more interested in that they are related to something that the person loves or is excited to learn about.

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