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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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    Sep 2 2013: As for "talent" and education, in both Canada and the U.S. the sole purpose of an education is simply to get a job, nothing else. And as long as this narrow-minded agenda drives their educational curriculums "talent" matters ONLY if it can be exploited by some employer, otherwise any other non-employment related "talents" are deemed irrelevant and detrimental to the 'bottom line' of education.
    Therefore the first place to start is with a nation's emphasis or purpose of that education. It is my opinion that The 'talents' required to be an effective and caring parent or an independent thinker or an of the other skill and abilities that can enrich both the individual and the communities they live in are far more valuable to that nation than any mere employment opportunities. .
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      Sep 3 2013: I can't speak for Canadian schools, but in general, American public schools are not purposed to getting student to get a job. The jobless rates among young people is approaching my age.... not a good thing.
      Again, there are some very successful schools, but too many are not. In too many school districts they are abysmal failures. There are a number of excuses, Uninvolved or no parents, ethnic disinterest in education, minorities with unsocial attitudes, mental or physical handicaps, etcetra ad nauseum. There has always been these issues. Why are schools failing now and were more successful in the past.

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