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The Sheltered Real World: What Schools Should Be

Updated on May 30, 2012

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Students are not free to experience real life things under the protection of school, but rather are barred from going beyond the necessities of the test.
Students are not free to experience real life things under the protection of school, but rather are barred from going beyond the necessities of the test.

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.

Refocus

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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    • ibbarkingmad profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Middleton 

      7 years ago from Southern Utah

      Yep. I find the "No Child Left Behind" legislation is, while good in intent, rather stupid and foolish in application. Special education is on of my degrees I am about to complete and the more I read, study and work with kids in special ed (I am also a special ed student), the more I feel the government should have less whimsical control over how teachers teach. It is really frustrating.

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      LaDena Campbell 

      7 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I teach special education and real world applications need to be taught to my students. I have often dreamed of starting my own school so that I could teach what was really best for our children, rather than what the government thinks is best...

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