December 27th 2016 – By: William Larsen – Civilians News – “News For All Views” – “The Future Of High School Education” –
American Education Today
I think the American Education System is failing…..
Music and food are declining in quality, meanwhile wages are also declining, when put in contrast to cost of living.
I personally blame this circumstance on the American Education System, both at the high school and college level.
Job Hunting Post College Graduation
As a 30 year old college graduate, I didn’t expect to wait until I was 31 years old to start a career….. However, that’s exactly what has been happening, post college graduation.
I’ve filed thousands of resumes, maybe over 5k. I’ve also searched multiple job boards. I’ve arrived in person. I’ve called prospective employers. I’ve blogged about jobs, and I’ve talked to strangers. Yet, nothing has worked. I’ve done the ground work and educated myself, I’ve even gone to college almost entirely on my own. Yet, in the end I always seem to come up short.
This year, I even moved to NYC thinking that perhaps it was just from the cities I’ve lived in. In fact, I’ve moved a few times and nothing has worked…… I’ve worked several lower level jobs, but I’ve never found employment that allowed me to keep my dignity.
The Value Of College Education
Throughout this circumstance I’m led to wonder, “what is the future of high school and college education today?” After a long and rather expensive, self financed education, I still struggle to get a decent job. In fact, I struggle everyday seeking consistent and long term employment, even after putting 1 year of law school on my resume. So is this a sign of my own impotence in the job market? Or at what point is my circumstance a reflection of the institution, as opposed to the individual? Should I blame myself forever?
I don’t blame myself so much anymore….
In 2011, I protested with 50k people at Occupy Portland, for this very reason….. And to be fully honest, sometimes I don’t think there’s much more I could do.
What Should Change?
What more can I do? What can I do to make “this system” better for those after me? What can I do, as opposed to simply complaining? Well, I can offer a few solutions based on my experiences, as to how to fix “general education,” for future generations….
That being said; what can we change? What can my aging generation of 30 somethings, change over the next 20 years, to make the American Education System stronger?
Today, I consider myself a critical scholar in all sciences. Although this was not always the case. I believe this is because of a situation, where I often seek information that I was pushed away from as a child. This is because subjects that I enjoy reading today, were in many ways tarnished for me as a child, by overbearing teachers and rigid memorization, growing up.
For this reason, I would like to see further emphasis on “theoretical sciences,” in public education today. I find when taught properly; advanced physics, software engineering, gene therapy and all sorts of real world innovations…. can be FUN for students to learn. This is especially true when taught from the approach of real world application and not simply memorization.
I also believe that many of these subjects, appearing on the surface as overbearing, should come to be taught at the HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL. I strongly believe that these subjects should not just be taught through overpriced colleges. For example; Einstein’s work on relativity was first crafted in 1905…. And while I recognize that not all students and not all schools can cater to that curriculum, some can. For this reason, I believe that more teachers should aim to teach relativity at the high school level.
The importance of physics, is gravely understated in public education today. For example, we use the electromagnetic spectrum, through radio waves and things of that sort everyday. Yet, we teach very little of this in the American Education System.
I also believe that computer programming should become a core, high school curriculum. Although, this idea is a bit more of a reach. That is because Artificial Intelligence might actually replace computer coding in the next 10 years. This is yet another reason, why the curriculum’s of my childhood are feeling more and more outdated everyday.
That being said; how can we make public education and public schools stronger?
I believe another facet of the problem is corporate America. This is because a great deal of information, is often kept secret today. This is done for a variety of reasons, in a variety of industries, in order to maintain corporate entities “positions” in the free market.
Imagine a world where public schools taught kids; “this was Michael Jordan’s workout routine.”
Furthermore, what if that information was simply made public, for general education purposes.
I believe some of this information should become available for public schools today. In particular, I would like to see corporate information revealed, both in the tech sector and physical fitness. I believe this “change” would greatly improve America’s Education System.
Also, I would like to see a renewed focus on “general education,” as opposed to “higher” education today. In fact, I believe through creating a renewed focus on general education, this reform would simultaneously combat the ethnic divide in America today, resulting from overpriced institutions.
The Importance Of Biographies And Autobiographies
As well advocating a renewed focus on “general education,” theoretical sciences and corporate information sharing, I’d also like to see a renewed focus on history, in the American classroom. In particular, I’d like to see core curriculum’s revolving around biographical and autobiographical works. Over the years biographies have greatly shaped my adult life. I find autobiographies to be perhaps the most important historical works in print. In this way, focusing general education on biographical works, might also give kids the vitally needed role models, that so many children lack today.
In my opinion, kids today need role models more than they need grade point averages……. Why not teach William Wallace’s fight for freedom? Some will argue biographical works can be culturally and even racially biased. Yet, I find this argument to be less important than giving children the role models they so often need today. I find this to be the case, even when some biographical works are politically biased….
For example, if my history is correct I believe William Wallace was a Pagan. Furthermore, I believe he disagreed with English feudalism and in part English currency….. While this history may be viewed as politically biased in nature, I find children today more capable then ever in terms of assessing biographical works and making their own decisions. In fact, perhaps by teaching the arguments of the past, through these types of biographical works, America can strengthen our students of the future.
For example; William Wallace was estimated to be 6 toot 7 inches tall…. *See the Wallace Sword….
How many high school students even know that? And I believe that’s a big part of the reason our countries overall health continues to degenerate, primarily lacking leg strength.
Culture In School, the Culture Of Education
The Greek’s worshiped their bodies and held Olympic games for 800 years before Christ. Some of these Olympic trials even flooded the Colosseum with water, in order to recreate naval battles for people to witness centuries ago. Yet, we don’t teach kids any of that today.
Today, we teach kids very little about physical health, the importance of running, and their ancestry. This is particularly true of Greek culture and the importance of respect and respecting yourself. FURTHERMORE, WE EXCLUDE MANY OF THESE TEACHINGS ABOUT PHYSICAL HEALTH, DESPITE THAT THESE TEACHINGS ARE OVER 3,000 YEARS OLD.
Culturally speaking that is who many of us are. However, all too often in today’s society, people are blind to it. This is primarily due to watered down education. That is who I am, that is my ancestry. However, today I’m lost to it. Today, I’m eating double cheeseburgers, drinking beer, letting “the new American culture,” turn into Jerry Jones’ football game for profits…… And this circumstance is actually making America weaker due to sub standard education and greed.
In many ways today, American education has become so “culture-less” in favor of big business’, that we don’t even teach kids about the legends of 50 and 60 years ago, let alone past millennia…
Why not teach kids the legacies of; William Wallace, Eugene V. Debs, Achilles, Mahatma Ghandi, Alexander the Great, Cesar, Augustus, and even the Buddha or Christ himself? In my opinion, censoring the public education system from this type of information, leaves many students in the worst of predicaments today……
In conclusion, I’d like to see biographies and autobiographies (*cough Tesla), brought BACK into western education today. Specifically, I’d like to see this occur even when some of these prose are politically and culturally biased……
Beyond that, I’d also like to see another Greek tradition passed onto American education as well…..
I would like to see running incorporated in high school education….
In fact, I believe one Presidential debate should be changed to a 1 mile run……. This would force candidates to exude a different kind of grit/effort, while running for public office.
In fact, I believe that every student in America should receive a personal hourglass, as a token of high school graduation. This hourglass, with sand counting down to the student’s individual 1 mile time, could be given to the student on the day they graduate high school…..
This hourglass could come to symbolize high school graduation.
In ancient Greece this hourglass and the sand inside the hourglass, would’ve represented impurities. This in essence would have illustrated the human heart. For this reason, I believe an hourglass would greatly benefit students, as a token of moving forward in life post high school graduation…… God bless.
-William Larsen; Civilians News Founder.
PS: Every race has a super hero….