seth stephens

Oklahoma City, OK, United States

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politics, world views, society, philosophy. I am thick-skinned so don't worry about offending me , but don't be offended if I reply or rebut with passion/

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seth stephens
Posted 9 months ago
Should there be an international agency in charge of regulating education and if so how much authority should it have.
government is in itself neither good not bad but neutral. its how its run and how it effects the populace that make it tyrannical or Utopian. Now maybe there is a better way to foster international cooperation and improvement of our species as a whole, but I think in general people need to be less nationalistic and more worried about helping all of civilization go forward, and one of the big factors in the advancement of our civilization is how we educate the future generations. more and more bureaucracy until we live in some sort over regulated empire is of course not the answer but letting every one to go it alone seems equally bad and on a global scale I don't think that survival of the fittest should dictate which nations have the most influence in politics economics and world opinion in the future and the way to mitigate that is to work on leveling the playing field so that all thew citizens of thee world have an equal chance of success and happiness.
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seth stephens
Posted 9 months ago
Should there be an international agency in charge of regulating education and if so how much authority should it have.
it seems the general consensus is that more bureaucracy would be bad and that funding and logistics nightmare trying to create such an agency would cause would not be worth it. but I think that would mostly depend on how it was implemented. we obviously don't want everyone in the world to have to take the SAT test before they can leave their home country or anything extreme like that. but mostly just some observation and documentation of different teaching methods around teh world and some global loose regulations for the basics. we dont need nations like the USA using political or economic pressure or the power fo some trumped up laws of some tribunal to go forcing smaller or poorer nations to adopt its goals and policies like having to read English to trade with other nations or anything like that but just maybe schools just reporting to an international advisory committee on local method and how they work and in turn the international agency could publish education material using this research available at cheap or reduced rates in a voluntary basis to participating schools. maybe the agency could be run on a school system level self contained from teh political arena( probably impossible but one could dream)
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seth stephens
Posted 9 months ago
Should there be an international agency in charge of regulating education and if so how much authority should it have.
I agree with alot of what you are saying here. but my ideas with sucha hypothetical international agency would be not as an enforcement of some imagined internatinal standard but more as just another outlet to foster global learning. perhaps this natural education evolution that occurs as different cultures and different economies tackle and solve different problems in varied way would benefit from some clever and discreet observation. bureaucracy has a negative connotation in a lot of countries due to real or imagined fears of corruption and a prevailing view that the best government is as small as possible( this is mostly an American things as the EU has some very socialist leaning governments) but a well constructed lighted-handed approach to monitoring global methods of education and adapting improvements keeping local economic necessities, and cultures among other issues in mind could help some of the developing nations to fill gaps in there workforce faster as they create more complex societies while at the same time allow "t eh west" to see that there are other ways of dong thing . in short we are now alll learning from each other but a little more organization would aid us learning faster.
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seth stephens
Posted 9 months ago
Should U.S change our educational system for the better?
I stand corrected. I was just kind of unduly nettled about Bran mallory's comment towards being a yes man andor slave. but that's what he was going for obv. anyway our school system did evolved to service the needs of the industrial revolution and demands of big business. we dont need a school that turns out corporate drones. but we also need not ignore the methods of othe rations systems, especially if they produce the desired results, what those desired results should be something settled before any reforms are implemented.
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seth stephens
Posted 10 months ago
Should U.S change our educational system for the better?
and america turns out obese conceded, spoiled, rich, lazy middle managers whose goal inlife is to have a 9-5 job with 3 car garage and 2.5 kids Is that what we want. alot of whats happening with our floundering economy could be attributed to us consuming and not producing. china is poised to become an economic superpower, India has if I'm not mistaken the fifth largest economy. the great divergence is over and we are no longer better educated and maybe we should learn form japan, which was one of if not the first nation in the East to "beat" the :Great Divergence" and become economically and politically powerful in the latter half of the twentieth century., maybe we should look at what India and China are doing as they get ready to surpass us economically and I think education is a huge part of that.
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seth stephens
Posted 10 months ago
Should U.S change our educational system for the better?
the general consensus from most people I've talked to (anecdotal evidence mostly) ids that the US's educational system is in trouble but more specific research needs to be done. what are the metric that we use to measure how good a specific school system is doing, test scores? percentage of graduates entering higher education? income averages of graduates after entering work force? these need to be established and then we can discuss specific and explicit ways we can increase each desirable trait and decrease the negative. but bear in mind , in a democracy so much is dependent on politics which is affected by the opinions( and therefor education level) of the current majority and a lot of times conspires to maintain the status quo,. also as has been mentioned a lot of it comes down to rich neighborhoods having excellent access to cutting edge education theories and breakthroughs while poorer places are mired in the results of the last generations half successes and this will not change until we deregionalize the system
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seth stephens
Posted 10 months ago
Will every relationship in future be based on Money ?
would you rather have friends that are around you because they are payed or because they enjoy your company. every type of relationship has a version one can buy with money/ coercion and this has always been true,even in ancient time, people married for financial gain, people befriended for financial gain. its called greed and it is a basic human trait but so is the opposite. or having relationships based on mutual respect . and all the different ways one can share a relationship, IE connect with the outside world, be it by paying, or eliciting through persuasion or any other rproposed method, (love, shared interest) all are valid, the key is to find the balance. what relationships should be monetary based differs from culture to culture and indeed from person to person, but the balance must maintained and only we individually can decide that for ourselves. as for me, I would like to know that people pay attention to me because I give them something of value for that attention and I'd rather it be based on emotions , or logic/intelligence but I guess money would do if I was really lonely, I donty think most people would mate/reproduce for/based on only money, thiough.
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seth stephens
Posted 10 months ago
Should we talk about an Education Reform in the Arab World ? or Not ?
I think that applies to the entire world. every country has its owns culture and attitudes that go into how they want their society shaped. but how important is this to a country undergoing political revolution and should even nations that consider themselves endowed with decent or excellent education systems be on the lookout for improvements. I think one of the major drawbacks of the way education has evolved in the States is it has become overly secularized and moral/ethical development needed to go along with academic was ignored. Is this a problem in the Arabic world or do you have the opposite concern where maybe religious views influence schools a little too much. one of the core principles of western democracy is separation of church and stat but this shouldn't necessarily apply to every culture. also I think there should be some international norms expected of every country in regards to education that is if those nations/regions want to be respected on the world stage. I agree with the sentiment that education doesn't mean "western education"