Friday, March 18, 2005

So What Is The Vision for Education?

The whole country has fallen into a trap.

Those who have given up on public schools cry for "reform" and point out a variety of objections. These range from complaints about unions, to objections to bureaucracy, and on to complaints about universities and teacher/administrator preparation programs. The whole gamut. The greatest country in the world, educated by and large with public schools - is under intense criticism. Some of it deserved, some of it undeserved. Critics attack... and educators defend the status quo. Probably because many of them take it personally.

So let's take this in a more positive direction.

For those critics who post here frequently, we know some of what you don't approve of, but what do you WANT to see for a system of educating America's children?

Critics and supporters alike, everyone take a stab at answering one question:


What SHOULD education look like twenty years from now? What do you see?

13 Comments:

At Friday, March 18, 2005, Blogger Joe Thomas said...

It would be great if we could get away from the testing smokescreen and get back to producing citizens. Aside from that, I like what Al has to say:

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. -- Alvin Toffler

 
At Friday, March 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

20 years from now I would like to see students being responsible, productive citizens who make positive contributions to society. Ideally, they would know 2-3 languages in order to live in a diverse democracy.

 
At Saturday, March 19, 2005, Blogger EdWonk said...

I agree with the previous two posters, but I would like to add that one goal of an effective system of public education should be to serve as a springboard for upward mobility.

 
At Saturday, March 19, 2005, Blogger NO NCLB.org said...

In less than 20 years time I hope that the people of the U.S. have realized that the education system has not been failing. That it has all been a smokescreen from the coporate education community to privatize education and put more education dollars into corporate hands. In 20 years I hope that the country has gotten together to help make our schools as good as they can be. That means the funding has to be there to help those inner city schools that are such desperate shape, to reorganize, using best practices, and community out reach, and everything else that is necessary to build institutions that can fulfill the promise of all children. These will be real instututes of learning and not the test prep factories that they are becoming today.

 
At Sunday, March 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I would like to see in the next twenty years:

1. Increased use of technology to increase opportunities for students.

2. Increased flexibility on the part of all staff to maximize student learning.

3. Curriculum decisions based as much as possible on peer reviewed research.

 
At Sunday, March 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think our education system is failing because it is an extention of corporates control today. Feeding a machine that thrives on manufacturing numbers, behaviors and predicatible results; can only produce elitism for a few and the respect due tyrants. Mainline China interprets capitalism as employing only the most competitive; I believe it is the same view that also drove their respect for authoritarian education. Our belief in privatization is spurred by a view of capitalism that built a better mousetrap and encouraged a creative spirit. The future of education relies on our ability to envision a society that is not dependent on control, corporations or even education. Children must first have a nurturing home and more intimate times with their families before it we can expect their trust, commitment to hard work and great expectations.

My ideal vision of educations allows children to have flexible schedules until they are 11. More space would be allotted to recreation and function with lifegaurd like authority. The lifeguard throws out the evil doers but, doesn't write an evaluation. Parents supervise their kids, with times schedules at their convience. Early childhood education as an opportunity to hear a story, participate in art, etc and children are evaluated to help parents understand what kinds of developement they need. Money isn't spend on busing, or bad food... that money goes back to families. Perhaps their are opportunities for a child to be dropped off for up to two hours when they are 4 or 5. The transition to adult social structures should allow for a much slower transitions and the stength of evaluation should lay with the community.

As a child grows older an needs specific skills, the opportunity to participate in skill building exercise should favor those who commit to exercise.

There should be greater thought on how technology is used for example:

Electronic instruments don't require much care or tuning. A lot of small children can practice with earphones for 15 minutes a day, and groups exercises once a week would help children understand the value of discipline.

Computer can gather information about how children learn when they exercise. We need to catch when their minds are biologically ready for the next step. We could understand whether they respond best to sound, movement, color, voice or hand movement.

At 6 classes can be attended every day, but they can as easily be perform at home. In that sense online education has a value and helping parents have the resources in their homes to provide a more tolerant and nurturing environment is good. School needs to be a place where discipline is expected, and home a place where discipline is more lax.

Teachers should serve as guides, lecturer's, social facilitators and curriculum planners for children and families. Parents should have the same options for small children in choosing classes as colleges. Unless we support parents and families so they have the time, funding and resource to raise children well our teachers will only be increasingly punitive and authoritive. If we focus on growing healthy, active families, we can allow schools to be the center of driven, disciplined, competition they must be to participate in the world market.

A corporate education perceive the elimination of 'broken windows' as ridding society of window breakers instead of repairing windows. But children learn not to break windows when they have to fix them. Society must conform to the needs of people, we need insure their are jobs and continuing opportunity for people regardless of their circumstance. I think corporate smokescreen is as much of a drain on families as it is on education. We need social resource for jobs that improve our infrastructure, social wellness and keeps our society in a continuous state of repair. A real diverse learning environment is dependent on willing and well-disciplined participants. Unless we understand how to achieve that we should continue building prisons.

 
At Sunday, March 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think our education system is failing because it is an extention of corporates control today. Feeding a machine that thrives on manufacturing numbers, behaviors and predicatible results; can only produce elitism for a few and the respect due tyrants. Mainline China interprets capitalism as employing only the most competitive; I believe it is the same view that also drove their respect for authoritarian education. Our belief in privatization is spurred by a view of capitalism that built a better mousetrap and encouraged a creative spirit. The future of education relies on our ability to envision a society that is not dependent on control, corporations or even education. Children must first have a nurturing home and more intimate times with their families before it we can expect their trust, commitment to hard work and great expectations.

My ideal vision of educations allows children to have flexible schedules until they are 11. More space would be allotted to recreation and function with lifegaurd like authority. The lifeguard throws out the evil doers but, doesn't write an evaluation. Parents supervise their kids, with times schedules at their convience. Early childhood education as an opportunity to hear a story, participate in art, etc and children are evaluated to help parents understand what kinds of developement they need. Money isn't spend on busing, or bad food... that money goes back to families. Perhaps their are opportunities for a child to be dropped off for up to two hours when they are 4 or 5. The transition to adult social structures should allow for a much slower transitions and the stength of evaluation should lay with the community.

As a child grows older an needs specific skills, the opportunity to participate in skill building exercise should favor those who commit to exercise.

There should be greater thought on how technology is used for example:

Electronic instruments don't require much care or tuning. A lot of small children can practice with earphones for 15 minutes a day, and groups exercises once a week would help children understand the value of discipline.

Computer can gather information about how children learn when they exercise. We need to catch when their minds are biologically ready for the next step. We could understand whether they respond best to sound, movement, color, voice or hand movement.

At 6 classes can be attended every day, but they can as easily be perform at home. In that sense online education has a value and helping parents have the resources in their homes to provide a more tolerant and nurturing environment is good. School needs to be a place where discipline is expected, and home a place where discipline is more lax.

Teachers should serve as guides, lecturer's, social facilitators and curriculum planners for children and families. Parents should have the same options for small children in choosing classes as colleges. Unless we support parents and families so they have the time, funding and resource to raise children well our teachers will only be increasingly punitive and authoritive. If we focus on growing healthy, active families, we can allow schools to be the center of driven, disciplined, competition they must be to participate in the world market.

A corporate education perceive the elimination of 'broken windows' as ridding society of window breakers instead of repairing windows. But children learn not to break windows when they have to fix them. Society must conform to the needs of people, we need insure their are jobs and continuing opportunity for people regardless of their circumstance. I think corporate smokescreen is as much of a drain on families as it is on education. We need social resource for jobs that improve our infrastructure, social wellness and keeps our society in a continuous state of repair. A real diverse learning environment is dependent on willing and well-disciplined participants. Unless we understand how to achieve that we should continue building prisons.

 
At Monday, March 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My vision is that adults in 20 years need to pass a test slightly harder than a driver's license before they are allowed to reproduce.

 
At Monday, March 21, 2005, Blogger Uglicoyote said...

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At Tuesday, March 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill,

Send information to e-mail address on The Super's Blog.

The call may be sounding....

"Go west young man, go west."

:-)

 
At Tuesday, March 22, 2005, Anonymous superdestroyer said...

Here are two different ideas.

1. Make high school voluntary. Why waste resources trying to educate children who do not want to learn and who want to distract others from learning? Make student who want to learn the top priority of all schools and show the trouble makers the door.

2. Make principals and guidance counselors certify that those graduating schools can function at the 12th grade level based on consensus standards. If the principals or counselors lie and certify someone who cannot function at the 12th grade level, make the personally liable just like the workmen at the municipal water treatment plant are personally responsbile for environmental compliance. Then, for all four year universities at accept federal aid, make it that they can only admit certified high school graduates.

 
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