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Director - UCLA Martial Arts Program, Inosanto International Martial Arts Instructors Association

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Talent pool being robbed in schools

Food for thought, do you think that Beardyman learned to do all that in school...which standardized test gave him the ability to make whatever sound he likes from his voice!? His school education probably had nothing to do with it, following his passion for life probably had everything to do with it. Imagine how many other talented people there are out there being stifled by a shockingly closed minded education system that cuts music, sport and arts programs faster than we cut down the rainforest!

http://www.ted.com/talks/beardyman_the_polyphonic_me.html

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    Aug 28 2013: Modern education was created, in my opinion, as a machine to spew out good little factory workers. Obedient, narrow-minded, and above all, productive ciitizens who will be more then happy to spend the rest of their slaving away, If only to build a smelly mound of crap to place their flag.

    Of course, there are those who use it to ther advantage and see through the bullsh*t, and it is those very people who generally find success.

    It pains me however, to think of all the beautiful, intelligent children who are braided, put down, and left behind because they don't "conform" to traditional standards.

    This is by far the greastest failure of our time, and in my opinion, the greatest potential to make lasting change. Reform education, and promote the true philosophy of learning. Don Anderson made some very good suggestions on my conversation about Revolution. He brought up an Idea involving international online education available to all, combined with home schooling programs and/or small groups.

    I would love to hear your thoughts on how to solve the problem, and what we can do now to begin implementing it.

    Great conversation!!!!
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      Aug 28 2013: This is just not how schools are geared anymore- fortunately- to train factory workers! It is a very out-dated picture of what is happening at the school level but an image people are for some reason loathe to replace with a current picture.

      Nothing is more important than education, and reform minded people in and outside of schools have been busy over at least a couple of decades in the spirit of developing critical and creative thinking, skills in teamwork and lifelong learning, and so forth.

      You can join that effort, if you are interested, as most schools in the US in my experience are commiitted to community engagement. Because so many decisions relevant to the classroom experience are decentralized, there is definitely room for experimentation in pedagogy, materials, and experiential learning at the school level.

      Welcome aboard!
    • Aug 28 2013: Mandy as far as implementing the change it has to happen as grass roots level, you can no longer trust the government to do this as most decisions are in the interests of big corporations and increasing revenue for them. As far as international online education for all....I am about to start my first course with this company, I hope it will be a great experience.

      https://www.coursera.org/

      The problem is that this cannot the answer because education cannot be free, someone has to pay for it, the best model in my opinion is one of balance in which those that may not be able to afford it can still gain access to good education and those that can are able to pay for what they need. The fact that the average amount of debt that a student leaves college now in the US with is around $25,000 with some student accruing as much as $200,000 is a disgrace and is actually a source of much amusement to most of the world that the US does not invest in its population to be educated properly, but allows for for profit businesses to run as educational institutions at an alarmingly expanding rate!
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      Aug 31 2013: The issue with any change really is firstly to understand the underlying factors that necessitate that particular change, otherwise why change at all? The good thing about this generation is they are able to identify the short-comings embedded in our education system, and that allowed us to begin asking questions and not just to go with the flow. The solution lies within us as a collective, just like those who came up with the idea that currently runs in our education system, I mean these people were convinced and fell in love with their ideas that they put everything into it to see it becoming a success and indeed it was, that's why we are discussing today.
      likewise, if the current crop of agents of change believe enough and willing to see this change take effect, indeed we'd see it. It's all about a collective and once you bring equally passionate people willing to give anything to see their ideas come to life together, anything is possible.
      It's up to us who see that something is amiss and we ought to strive to change it for the next generation of leaders.

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