A fix for the US School System
By Fremont V Brown III
The present US education system does very little to prepare the students for the real world. At the end of 12th grade very few have any true skills to get a job. Plus many college degrees are useless as they are too general and the first two-years are usually a repeat of high school. Many students cannot get jobs that justify the cost of college.
I think the following would go along way to fix the system. First thru sixth grade the teachers must teach the students the BASICS like arithmetic, speaking, spelling, reading and writing. Teach arithmetic without calculators. Teach the student what type questions to ask themselves to reason out the answers for themselves. Teach US history with solid knowledge of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, plus world history and geography are a must.
Starting in 7th grade the courses change to three hours a day for courses to prepare the student for college. One hour a day for a course called LIFE. This course would teach the student EVERYTHING they need to know once they begin life after 12th grade. Like cooking, washing the clothes, balance the checkbook, understanding the interest rates on loans, how to do a budget and stick to it, etc. Then four hours of vocation/trade skills. These courses would teach skills to be a plumber, carpenter, chef, landscaper, auto mechanic, dental tech, nursing, etc. The courses would also include management, purchasing, accounting and all of the skills needed to run a business. At the end of the courses the instructors would or would not issue a certificate that guarantees the employer that the student can do the job without supervision and correctly. The student could in many cases finish school with three to six skills. I am pretty sure the drop out rate would be much lower then it is now. And the students would be more prepared to start life on their own.
***I agree with your fix; students do need hands-on classes. It is much more interesting to study practical, useful skills. This is what builds self-esteem, not empty praise.
Lisa Baldwin, Buncombe Co. School Board Member
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Just, maybe we should go back about hundred years or so and use the curriculum from than and maybe the methods teachers use then too.
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Terrence O. Moore is an assistant professor of history at Hillsdale College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh and served as the founding principal of a top K-12 classical school, Ridgeview Classical Schools, in Colorado. He advises Hillsdale’s Charter School Initiative, providing assistance with the formation of classical charter schools across the country. Dr. Moore is the author of The Perfect Game and The Story-Killers: A Common Sense Case Against the Common Core.
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1963 Communist Goal 31: Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of “the big picture”: Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over. 1963 Communist Goal 32: Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture – education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc. 1963 Communist Goal 28: Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.” 1963 Communist Goal 19: Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack. 1963 Communist Goal 18: Gain control of all student newspapers. 1963 Communist Goal 17: Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism, and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers associations. Put the party line in text books.
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Summer School? Teens Trade Classes for Factory Jobs
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Breonna Daniel, a onetime high-school dropout, was smoking pot and “hanging out with the wrong crowd” last year without a hint of concern for her future.
Kayla Wright is among hundreds of teens working on Southwire Co.’s factory line four hours a day, earning above minimum wage and using the company’s classrooms to study. Dustin Chambers for The Wall Street Journal
This summer, she is among hundreds of teens working on Southwire Co.’s factory line four hours a day, earning above minimum wage and spending eight hours a day in the company’s classrooms. It is part of a novel program designed by the cable manufacturer to develop a skilled workforce and get troubled high-school students from the community back on track.
“I didn’t really care about school or the situation I was in,” says Ms. Daniel, 17 years old. The program “changed me. I’ve grown up.”
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