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Ruben Salazar

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Fix everything with a new school system.

We need to redefine the curriculum. If we are all honest to ourselves we would all admit there are some things taught in school we don't need to know. I think we need to reevaluate what's really important. Once children are taught what's really important they can make real choices for themselves. When I was a child I knew i wanted to be a detective, but now that I'm an adult I don't know what I want to do. Yes we can do whatever it is we want to do when we are an adult but this is after being taught we have to do, and to learn what others want us to do and learn. I think if children had the opportunity to do what they wanted to do (career wise) at a young age and were provided with everything they needed to do so, they would be more successful adults. How do you create a super soldier? You raise them that way. So, how do you create a super doctor or super anything? My best guess is to raise them that way. We can all say that a child can learn what they want on their own time but isn't that what school is for? We can blame parents for raising the child but how much time does a child spend with their parents? Children have school they have homework they barely have time to play. When do children learn what they want to learn and why do we force them to learn anything else? I declare teaching children what we learn (through studying) to be truly important such as social behavior (social behavior being my opinion on something important). Then when the child is ready to move on (at whatever age they happen to be, because not all children are the same) we allow them to study what they want to study. Children start doing the things they love at a younger age and as adults are much more successful in their line of work.

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  • May 4 2013: My initial reaction to your title was less than favorable, as I thought is was another "change school" thought. I am glad I read your thoughts about this idea.

    As a teacher, I have watched education go from much of what this is to "everyone will go to college" as a mentality. The current trend of "everyone will succeed and go to college" needs to go away first for this to happen. I do think your idea has merit, but on a small scale. Large scale, you would face multiple challenges to this thinking. And they would come from inside and outside of education.

    Your greatest challenge, and I would say educations greatest challenge right now, is the assumption that all students will succeed at the same level. That line of thinking is hamstringing education today. And, I would say, it is what is "dumbing down" education over time.

    I do believe that all children should have a chance to succeed in their lives. But not every child should be expected to go to a four year university. The tech programs that existed in schools need to come back and schools should focus on specific areas, as they did in the past. Teachers and counselors should track students into those areas they are interested in and support their education. To much emphasis is on AP courses and college prep rather than real life prep. As one friend once told me, "I still need someone who knows how to fix my car. And that ain't a college level job yet."

    This line of thinking would be opposed by many groups though. It smacks of elitism and tracking which is why public education would oppose this, at least the policy makers would. Though it has merit on the small scale where you could work with a dedicated group of folks from Pre-K through high school at least.
    • May 4 2013: Thank you for giving it a chance. I just believe that whatever is best for children is what should be done, whatever that may be.
      • May 4 2013: In this particular case, your best bet is to start with a small group of dedicated educators and parents who buy into this idea and move forward with them. To implement a massive change across the states would be stopped in its tracks by educators, government, and parents alike.

        It has merit and should be looked into. My only caution, start small and build rather than attempting to change a massive creation that is resistant to change at all levels.

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