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Is the education crysis a political or cultural problem?

There is a global problem with the education system. Since education plays such a vital part in human development it invevitably plays a vital part in society.
The development of educational programs may be developed by education commities, but the end result is usualy "ajusted" and "contidioned" by politicians, is this the main obstacle that education faces? or does the Lack of cultural conditions, in the form of a industry oriented society, present itself as a even bigger issue?

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  • May 14 2013: I believe it is both and more.
    I see the "alternative" solution being a variety of schools to teach a variety of learners.

    School #1: for the students that thrive at a desk, learning from text, work sheets, lectures, and standardized testing, let them have the existing school system that works.

    School#2 (and I know there are some out there): for the student that wants to learn LA/SS, science, math, music, visual and performing arts and other disciplines through an arts infused school. I am an art teacher and continually teach students how to measure, learn proportions, the science of light and mixing colors, think/speak/write about what they see in a piece of art, (musical score/play for the other arts) etc....

    School#3: an outdoor school set up to teach all the disciplines (including the arts of course) where a student can learn physics by climbing a tree and dropping something to measure/test gravity; build a sling shot to teach engineering, design and physics, as well as paint or draw outdoors (plein air), dig up the earth to discover what's below....

    School#4 and more...love to hear about them

    The lessons are endless that can be taught in any of the above environments. However, I see these schools/environments as having to be physically separate/different schools with teachers that fit best with the environment. Logistically they could be housed in the same building, but need to have a distinction btw them.

    In most cases, if the teacher (or professional) is an expert in their subject matter, they could most likely teach at any one of the above schools. A teacher would probably be more inspiring if they selected the type of school they would like to teach at...and maybe move around these schools throughout their career. It would definitely keep me interested in learning more about what I am teaching.

    This kind of educational revolution would call for a new process politically and economically, as well as culturally with a focus on our students.

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