By: William Larsen – December 27th 2016 – Civilians News – “News For All Views” – “The Future Of High School Education” –
I think American Education is failing…..
Music is declining in quality, food is declining in quality and wages are also declining, when compared to increased cost of living.
I blame these things 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 has been happening in my life, post college graduation.
I’ve filed thousands of resumes, maybe over 5k on Linked In. Did it ever matter? For this reason, I’m moving to NYC in 2 weeks, thinking maybe it was just from growing up outside of Detroit.
However, through this circumstance I’m led to wonder, “what is the future of high school/college education today?” After a long and rather expensive, self financed education, I still struggle to get a decent job, even with 1 year of law school under my belt. Is this a sign of my own impotence in the job market? Or at what point is this 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, in 2011.
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?
I consider myself, a critical scholar in all sciences today, even though I wasn’t as a child. I believe this is due to reading on my own, seeking 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 science,” 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, 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 think computer programming should be a core curriculum.
I would like to see tech implemented MORE in education, although Ai might replace coding in the next 10 years, another reason these curriculum’s of my childhood, feel more and more outdated everyday
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,” or if that information was made public, for general education purposes.
I believe some of this information, should be made available for public schools today. In particular, I would like to see this information revealed in the tech sector and beyond just tech, I’d also like to see an increase in information sharing in sports and physical fitness as well. I believe this “change” would greatly work to meet new goal’s, to improve general education. I believe this type of thinking, perhaps a renewed focus on autobiography and information sharing, would cultivate a renewed sense of investment in liberal arts and in turn combat an eroding job market…..
I’d also like to see a renewed emphasis on “general education,” as opposed to advanced “higher” education. In this way, I believe that a renewed focus on general education would also combat the current ethnic divide, resulting from expensive institutions.
In addition to 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 and I find autobiographies to be among 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 American children lack today.
Kids need role models, more than they need grade point averages, in my opinion…… Why not William Wallace’s fight for freedom? Some will argue, too often 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, EVEN IF some autobiographies are politically biased….
William Wallace, for example I believe 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 to be more than capable of assessing this biographical work and making their own educated 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.
The Greek’s worshiped their bodies and held Olympic games for 800 years, before Christ. Yet, we don’t teach any of that. We teach kids very little about physical health, the importance of respect and respecting yourself, in general education today. FURTHERMORE, WE EXCLUDE MUCH OF THIS EDUCATION, DESPITE THAT SOME OF THESE TEACHINGS ABOUT PHYSICAL HEALTH ARE MILLENNIA 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…… Leaving 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.
In conclusion, I’d like to see some of those biographies, maybe even some of that cultural bias, brought BACK into western education today……
Also…. I’d like to see another Greek tradition, passed onto American education as well…..
I’d also like to see running become a more substantial aspect of general education today……
In fact, I believe the second 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.
Also, I believe that every student in America should receive a personal hourglass, with sand counting down to their individual 1 mile run times, on the day they graduate high school….. And maybe not just in America, maybe abroad as well.
This hour glass, could become a symbol of American, high school graduation. In ancient Greece, the hourglass and the sand inside the hourglass, could have represented unhealthy impurities, to show people the essence of the human heart. This could also work as a token of students moving forward in life, post general education…… God bless.
-William Larsen; Civilians News Founder.
PS: Every race has a super hero….