Jan 21, 2009

United States Educational System: It's Broken, here's why:

These idiot educators are still teaching the same damn things in school that I was learning, most of which is useless in today's society.

And, when they need to cut funding what to do they eliminate, Physical Education (Phy Ed). Then everyone wonders why children are overweight, hyper active in school, and develop health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, etc.
America - you are out of shape. Phy Ed should be mandatory for all school children, at least 3 times per week, starting in Kindergarten through the last year of high school. Phy Ed will solve the overweight out of shape hyper active problems with today's school children. Phy Ed also stimulates the brain by pumping oxygen to needed brain cells. Common sense is out the window with these so-called out of date modern educators.

Add to the simple fact the educational studies are not consistent with the needs to obtain a job in today's complex high tech society.

The things that should be eliminated are:
English Literature (no one ever got a job knowing this bullshit).
Reading Books for English, like poetry, novels, etc. (again, no job here) - substitute other required educational books like science for reading books and you get a double banger. One book serves two different class purposes.
Eliminate Human and Historical studies (no job here either).
Make Geography and U.S. History studied only during the last year of high school. The world changes all the time so this will get you up to date as you enter society.
Stop requiring students to learn dates, times, and places including names of people. These are unimportant. What's important are the relevant facts of the item.
Math and Science must be started at an early age, preferably in Kindergarten.

Unless we change our ways quickly America will continue to fall behind in both technology and in our educational standards in the world ranking.

As always, your comments are greatly appreciated and welcomed.


Linz said...

I have to agree that there are a lot of things we learned that were useless, but I don't think completely eliminating any particular thing is going to solve the problem. It is important to know history--and at least a loose timeline of what happened to who when--because history has a tendency to repeat itself. It is also important to be well rounded. I completely support the PE issue, and I completely agree with you that it would probably eliminate a lof of the weight and hyperactive issues. But, that doesn't mean we can just can a bunch of other classes. There just isn't enough hours in the day--whether you're 5, 15, or 50.

AirmanMom said...

This is my first visit to your blog...what an intro! I totally agree that children need PE from K thru 12th grade. As for doing away with Literature...not so sure I'm with you on this one. Reading literature, poetry and novels builds imagination and encourages creativity, which is something technology is removing... at least this is how I see it.

~AirmanMom returning to her blog...

Leon Basin said...

One of the better articles on such a great topic. I have covered a bit on my blog. Nice to see someone else covering it too. Thank You!!!

EagleEye said...

Imagine that. Getting PE back into class would trim our kids down. But that is only part of the problem, IMO. Family matters too. Too many kids are left to their own devices as parents work longer hours, both are working, etc. After school programs need to be encouraged more than they are now.

As to the cutting of other classes, I disagree. What i AGREE with is special academic programs such as at my children's high school. There are tech-centric programs designed to get kids ready earlier for tech type jobs.

Other similar programs can be put together. Pre-college so to speak. Kids today have a wider range of classes to choose from and these could be packaged together to form a course of study that gets kids rady to hit college with all of their pre-req stuff done- they coul go right to Upper level classes.

*Shrug* No easy solution, but cutting for cutting sake is not a good one.

Great blog, btw. Thanks for following mine.

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