The Sheltered Real World: What Schools Should Be
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Forgetting the Purpose of Schools
While studying classroom management and the legal codes that govern schools, I realized something. Our society has sort of forgotten the purpose of schools. The purpose is underlying and sort of assumed, but the focus is very different from the reality for most of the public and private educational systems.
The purpose of schooling is to provide the student with real world experiences without the real world consequences. It should be designed to ensure that the students become productive members of society. Instead we have a desire for the have our kids win the spelling B, be the best football player or the like.
Reality based schooling engages the student better. Learning practical applications of mathematics, sciences, literature, writing, history, economics and social sciences engage students better and help them to remember the lessons taught. Abstract ideas may be interesting to a few people, but for the most part eyes glaze-over when abstract ideas are being taught.
What do you think?
Seriously! I want to know what you think about these ideas. I want to know how you think that schools could be made better. Rant, defend, define. My only limitations is to please keep the language clean and be respectful of others opinions. As a good friend once told me, "Everyone is entitled to their own wrong opinion." Let's have some fun and learn too!
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