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What should American public education teach?

  1. annebcampbell profile image77
    annebcampbellposted 5 years ago

    What should American public education teach?

  2. carolina muscle profile image74
    carolina muscleposted 5 years ago

    In addition to the arts and sciences, one thing I believe that is sorely missing is the study of Ethics.

    1. tsadjatko profile image56
      tsadjatkoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Ain't that the truth! And how about some studies in critical reasoning and discernment. Teach the kids to question what they are told and think for themselves instead of absorbng propaganda like a sponge. And what's with taking phys ed out of school?

  3. collegedad profile image73
    collegedadposted 5 years ago

    Personal finances! We need to teach our children how to handle money so that they can avoid the financial traps that most Americans have fallen into.

    1. AlexK2009 profile image92
      AlexK2009posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      This would be useful, and comes under the heading I put down as "politically subversive" in my answer.

    2. DreamerMeg profile image90
      DreamerMegposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Totally agree. They need to understand how to avoid high pressure salesmanship trying to get them to buy stuff they don't need at prices they can't afford

  4. starchet profile image60
    starchetposted 5 years ago

    Instead of calling parents meeting or private discussions, the schools should make the parents study together with their kids in a classroom for a day every month. This can bring the family together and understand the importance of academics

    1. AlexK2009 profile image92
      AlexK2009posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      And the parents can afford to lose that much income?? I am sure employers would not be happy if they were forced to pay for it. I can hear the yells of "Communism" already.

    2. LauraGT profile image92
      LauraGTposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Nice idea!  @AlexK2009: It's sad that American companies are so unwilling to support policies/programs that strengthen families and education.  Our social policies lag so far behind other nations, and we are suffering for it!

  5. AlexK2009 profile image92
    AlexK2009posted 5 years ago

    Same as everywhere.

    Basics: Read, write, count.
    Intermediate: Understanding, critical thinking, literacy
    Politically subversive: Critical thinking (The religious right hate this), communication
    Advanced ( i.e they can survive without it): A Science, History, Art, Music

    The aim should be to  turn out well rounded people who can intelligently criticise the system and make informed decisions.

    1. LauraGT profile image92
      LauraGTposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      So sad that "critical thinking" is considered subversive!  I disagree about your "advanced" section - I think those should absolutely be required, in addition to citizenship.  For the younger kids, teaching social and emotional health as well.

    2. AlexK2009 profile image92
      AlexK2009posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Laura, I forgot to add sex education. It has been normal in the UK for decades and seems to have benefited individuals and society.  At the very least it means fewer teenagers can make the excuse of ignorance.

  6. profile image0
    Sophia Angeliqueposted 5 years ago

    No reason kids can't be self sustaining by the time they're 18.

    Two or three languages taught through language labs from day one at school.
    Excellent Writing and Reading skills and how to source accurate information.
    Critical thinking, or how to deduce conclusions from facts, and how to determine what facts are.
    Arithmetic and math
    How to cook a healthy meal and how many calories it should be for one's weight and height.
    Basic first aid and medical skills
    How to grow basic food and how to make water clean
    Elementary science for the first five years and then more sophisticated science.
    World geography, including climate, and redimentary geology (which is part of the science curriculum).
    Two or three trades each.

    And it's all possible if the bs were removed from the system.

  7. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image97
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 5 years ago

    What a question!  As a retired educator, I could write pages on this one, but here's my short list"

    Language and Math literacy
    Basic survival skills
    Art and Music appreciation
    Self discipline
    Self respect
    Love for your fellow man

  8. CrescentSkies profile image87
    CrescentSkiesposted 5 years ago

    What should it teach? Anything but what it's teaching now! I swear to god if you listen to an American History class you'd think the founding fathers were gods. America's Founding Fathers were FAR from gods.

    They need to give these kids a dose of reality in both History and the rest of the subjects. They should be preparing them for college not for some pointless state-wide assessment that nobody cares about past high school.

    Oh and condom education should be mandatory seeing as every state with Abstinence-Only education somehow magically has a much higher teen pregnancy rate and teen std rate.

  9. profile image56
    pflorence2013posted 5 years ago

    American public education should teach language arts, math, science, and social skills.  A child can have the skills to communicate to his or her parents about what they need to concentrate on when attending school.  This, of course, is the basics along with all the other things teachers prepare to teach their students.