What are the Pro's and Con's of socialization in public schools.
What is education but the sum total of all experience? Thus, it begins even before birth. A consistantly calm mother and father give the growing infant a sense that what's ahead may not be so bad. Family, church, recreation, and early education, all point to happy children who are nurtured with kindness. love, and developing awareness in the child that life is fulfilled through love, meaningful work, which may require college or special training, friends, family, and community.
Public schools have limited resources so that it takes great creativity on the teachers part to parcel those resources sparenly. Private or home schooling may be more effective because resources are sometimes even more spare. This gives teachers an opportunity to make use of more community teaching tools. Where available, computers and television provide excellent learning situations. Naturally, the disadvantaged kid is probably going to stay that way unless ther expectations of parents and the collective co-operation is enlisted from teachers.
Socialization in different kinds of learning mileau may be best if all classrooms are mixed. More can be taughtf through natural socialization than through forced quotas or preference. This doesn't mean taking away a poor kids lunch ticket. Many private and parochial schools insist on uniforms and separating the girls from the boys. They seem to be doing a pretty good job at raising standards so limited socialization seems to work well for some. Home schooling may provide limited or no socialization, and yet there are some very innovate teachers who are helping some happy and productive students receive a pretty good education. Some powerful internet classes have been developed in record time with a tiny amout of interact with other students or teacher.
Some kids love the interaction with other kids. This is a compelling reason to have all kids get together with a teacher in a classroom. However, the uniform is an idea that's time has come. Socialization is not doing any good if kids are selected out of the mix. Clothing does create hierarchies that impede growth of all the students. Kids need every advantage they can get as competition for better and higher paying jobs require lots of classes in college. The minimum is a bachelor's degree.
Somehow the American systerm which hasn't changed much in 300 years still cranks out scholars in every sector of society. Bosses look for those special social skills that help to maintain productivity. Moreover, in any society that grows in complexity, there will be some who are not willing to make the effort to respect their family and fellow citizens.
If you are a country like China, the main goal is to produce a product. The finished product in China is a person with a bachelor degree who will be expected to contribute x amount of Yuan over a worker's useful lifetime. From day one until exit on graduation, the student is subjected to discipline, strict and unbending. In this way, the government continues control of the individual for life. There are restrictions on travel, media, and speech. A fired worker will be immediately kicked out of the province, disgraced and with few options for the future. Workers are widely exploited in cities, just as in major cities throughout the world. Socialization, art, and recreation, is state mandated. With all these restrictions in place, there is little room for innovation. Given a choice, which system would most prefer in a society? Would it be a diversified system such as the U.S., with limited state controls, or a state mandated society that discourages the individual in favor of collectivism?