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  •  The purpose of education in America is: (8+ / 0-)

    To incubate a better grade of serfs for the owners of the ownership society. Standardized, sorted, and disposable.

    Meanwhile, the products of the home schoolers, the private academies and prep schools, the progeny of the scions of the Ivy League schools will be in charge.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 03:10:19 PM PST

    •  I can't remember (2+ / 0-)
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      xaxnar, JanL

      the last time I heard of school being a place where students learn to find and express themselves. I think it was way back in the 60s.

      God knows what it would do to the work force of the Military Industrial Complex, if everyone took up dance or guitar or sculpture instead of STEM.

      •  That's how they made hippies (1+ / 0-)
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        marina

        Letting kids find and express themselves. Can't have that.

        "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

        by xaxnar on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 06:40:19 PM PST

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      •  guess you were never in any of my classes (1+ / 0-)
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        lazybum

        in the 18 years I taught before I retired

        I challenged my students

        it was not at all unusual that students who were science geeks went home and talked about my class, whether it was government, US History, World History, Social Issues, or Comparative Religion

        many teachers find ways to make those connections for students despite the increasing rigidity of what comes down the hill as education policy.

        I would tell them if you tell me HOW to teach, then I am not responsible for what they learn and how they do on tests.

        If you leave me the f&*(k alone they will do well enough on external tests and actually learn much more because of how I engaged them.

        One year I had 126 out of 129 who took the state test in government pass it.  All 3 who failed the test had failed all  quarters with me.  So had 10 who passed the test-  they had to retake the course to graduate, but not the state test, which was a stupid test with many bad questions but which was not that hard to pass.

        "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

        by teacherken on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 06:48:33 PM PST

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