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  •  In a perfect world . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama

    where parents all pay attention, and students have access to all sorts of exploratory enrichment activities, and are reasonably equally encouraged at home and at school, what you suggest would be more workable, but even then *students can't fully anticipate what will be important to them later.* We would be doing them a huge injustice by allowing them to forgo math, science, and literature in favor of "fashion trends of the Kardashians" or "Comparative Jerry Springer vs (whatever that bald guy's name is."

    To let students choose only what they like to study would be akin to letting them choose cotton candy instead of broccoli. It wouldn't hurt occasionally, but a steady diet would be catastrophic.

    I'm with you on the need to let each student capitalize on his/her strengths and interests but there has to be a balance between student-driven pursuits and those that are guided by educators who have much more informed insights about what will benefit the students in the future than the students themselves. If we (educators) don't provide that guidance, the students who don't have someone helping them prepare for the future will become yet more disadvantaged.

    •  I bet in the late 1880's or so someone was saying (2+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, gramofsam1

      "In a perfect world, we'll have public education for all children but until our society can manage it, we'll just have to be happy with what we have."

    •  We can't either. (1+ / 0-)
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      T Maysle
      students can't fully anticipate what will be important to them later.
      No one is saying stop teaching the basics, but, not every kid needs to be in college prep either. We are no more able, and I would argue less able to anticipate what will be important to a child later in life. Why shouldn't a child, especially by high school, have more room (at the least) opened up for classes of their own choosing?  

      Why should we decide that a literature class is more important to a student than a shop class for example? That doesn't mean someone who takes shop can't enjoy or enrich themselves with a lit class, but shop, art, music; those are the classes that are falling by the wayside in favor of test prep (which I see as the epitome of mandatory standardized education). And then, at the same time, "we" are telling kids out of college who can't find work that they 'chose the wrong major' because a degree in English just doesn't get you as far in the work place any longer. And at the same time we decry the fact that there aren't enough people qualified to work manufacturing, or the hands on jobs.  What good does a test prep standardized course do an auto mechanic who never got the chance to take Shop in school because they did away with it so they could do more test prep?

      What we see as the future may not be what the student sees, or even the best future for the student. The student (and their parent) is in a much better place to see that future than any teacher or administrator. Yes teachers and admin's should advise and guide, but too many times the student is steam rolled over instead.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 06:22:03 AM PDT

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