Here is a question many of you would probably consider a bit whimsical, if not heretical; but I assure you, it has a dead serious intent. If you were education czar, what would YOU require be taught (or not taught) in American schools?
Let me get you started. Here are three things that I believe SHOULD be taught but AREN’T: metric system; evolution; critical thinking.
And here are three that ARE being taught, but SHOULDN’T: spelling; long division; propaganda.
My full list is much longer; but I would like to hear your thoughts. If I get responses, I am prepared to vigorously defend my philosophical positions.
Also, what do you think should be the ultimate goals of education? As a teacher for 36 years, mine were the development of ATTITUDES; specifically - responsibility, self-reliance, creativity, initiative, integrity; and most of all - the value of hard work. And repeated testing/grading do NOTHING to inculcate these values. I hate to say it, but most American teachers test and grade in order to avoid the hard work of teaching 40 kids in a classroom. That’s not entirely their fault, though. It is the fault of the entire 19th century paradigm under which our education system stuggles, impotently, to succeed.
By the way: Sal Khan ROCKS!