By: William Larsen – December 27th 2016 – Civilians News – “News For All Views” – “The Future Of High School Education” –
I think that American Education is failing…..
Music is declining in quality, food is declining in quality and wages are also declining, in comparison to cost of living.
I personally blame this circumstance on the American Education System, at the high school and college level.
As a 30 year old college graduate, I didn’t expect to have to wait until I was 31 to start a career…. I really didn’t. But that’s exactly what’s been happening, post college graduation.
I’ve filed thousands of resumes, maybe over 5k, I’ve searched multiple job boards, arrived in person, I’ve called prospective employers, blogged about jobs, talked to strangers, nothings worked. To a large extent, I’ve done the ground work and educated myself, only to come up short. This year, I even moved to NYC thinking maybe it was just from growing up outside of Detroit, in fact I’ve moved a few times.
Yet, through 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. With 1 year of law school under my belt, I struggle everyday seeking consistent and long term employment. 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 as much anymore…. I’ve already protested with 50k people at Occupy Portland….. Sometimes I really don’t think there’s much more I could do.
What more can I do? What can I do to make this system better, as opposed to simply complaining? Well, I can offer a few solutions based on my experiences, as to how to fix “general education,” for those who come after me.
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 the case when I was a young child. I believe this is because now-a-days I often seek information that I was pushed away from, 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 many of these subjects, appearing on the surface to be overbearing, should come to be taught at the HIGH SCHOOL level and not just in college. Einstein’s work on relativity was first crafted in 1905…. And while I recognize not all students, not all schools, can cater to that curriculum, some can, and I believe more teachers should aim to teach relativity at the high school level.
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 think computer programming should be a core, high school curriculum. Although Artificial Intelligence might actually replace coding in the next 10 years, another reason these curriculum’s of my childhood, are feeling more and more outdated today
That being said; how can we make public education and public schools better?
I believe another facet of the problem is corporate America. I believe this because a great deal of information today, is often kept secret to help corporate entities compete 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 information revealed in the tech sector and physical fitness. I believe this “change” would greatly work to meet new goal’s to improve general education. This is why perhaps a renewed focus on autobiography could cultivate a renewed sense of investment in liberal arts and in turn combat an eroding job market…..
I would also like to see a renewed emphasis on “general education,” as opposed to “higher” education today. I believe that a renewed focus on general education, would also work to combat the ethnic divide in America, largely resulting from expensive institutions.
As well as teaching theoretical sciences and corporate information sharing, I’d also like to see a renewed sense of history in American classrooms. 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 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 IF some biographical works are politically biased….
For example, I believe William Wallace was a Pagan. If my history is correct, I believe he disagreed with English feudalism and in part English currency….. Whereby this may be slightly politically biased thinking, I find kids these days are more capable than ever, of assessing this biographical work and making their own decisions about Wallace and other legends of the past.
For example; William Wallace was estimated to be 6’7….. About….. *See the Wallace Sword….
How many high school students even know that? And I believe that’s part of the reason, that we as a country, continue to degenerate into an unhealthy populous, 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’s who many of us are. However in today’s society, were blind to it because of watered down public education. That’s who I am, that is my ancestry. Yet today, I’m lost to it, eating double cheeseburgers, drinking beer, letting “the new American culture,” turn into Jerry Jones’ football game…… And this is mostly because of sub standard general 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 school system from this information leaves many students in the worst of predicaments today…… This leaves modern students to grow up without the education they deserve, lost to the lessons of the past, which I find most eloquently defined through autobiographical and biographical works.
To conclude, I’d like to see some of those biographies, maybe even some cultural bias, brought BACK into western education today……
Also…. I’d like to see another Greek tradition passed onto American education as well…..
I would also 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 hour glass, with sand counting down to the student’s individual 1 mile run time, could be given to the student on the day they graduate high school…..
This hour glass, could come to symbolize high school graduation.
In ancient Greece, this hourglass and the sand inside the hourglass, would’ve represented impurities illustrating the essence of the human heart. This could also work as a token for students moving forward in life, post high school graduation…… God bless.
-William Larsen; Civilians News Founder.
PS: Every race has a super hero….