- Edward Webber
- Murray, KY
- United States
Fundamentally changing the primary school by removing grade levels, grades and the curriculum. A proposal.
Below is a proposal I would like some community feedback on.
It should be noted, this is a radical departure from mainstream and even most private schooling. It exists without grade levels, has no required homework, has few required courses, is age independent, allows both early and late graduation without penalty or stigma and provides for all levels of academic achievement at a pace necessary for anyone. I think all of this is possible at current or lower funding levels, and I'll explain how.
Taylor Made Education:
We, as unique people, are currently raised in a few-options educational system where, no matter what our hobbies, likes, dislikes, career goals or new ideas, we are herded into the same classes and taught the same material. It is little wonder why our schools are overrun with chaos. The children are not being defiant, we are failing to let our children bloom in to the unique, happy, productive people they want to be.
No child answers "What do you want to be?" with "Homeless and starving" or "Working a dead end job". They have grand plans for themselves and we herd future scientists into cooking classes and language classes, which aren't themselves evil, but to kids with no interest are punishment. Punishment for showing up to learn both discourages their attendance and teaches them what they want is irrelevant, when what they want should be the focus of the school.
There are already schools which have adopted a similar "cart blanche" method of aiding education as opposed to directing education. The founders of Google attended such schools, and well, they created one of the most successful companies in existence. Allowing children to choose their own adventure, to use a novel term, lets them decide when they are ready to learn the basics. When anyone is given the choice, they arrive motivated and willing, something severely lacking in the military method of perform or reprimand the primary school system embodies today.
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