Thurman Speaks About Blowing-Up the U.S. Public Education System

[update::2006.12.16] It has been over a year since I wrote this GDT::Speaks, but it appears there are others who think our educational system need major changes. I support the following idea.
   "A panel of political, business, and higher-education leaders
    laid out a sweeping proposal for overhauling the nation's 
    education system on 14 December 2006. It calls for squeezing
    $67-billion from the current system and using that money to
    prepare some students for community college by the end of
    10th grade, and to train teachers better and pay them more."

The idea needs to go further because I suspect there are many community college systems similar to the Maricopa Community Colleges that need to be blown-up.

Many educators believe the best way students learn is by "discovery." This belief appears to be an application of common sense. But today's public education system suffers from the following defect: student discoveries must be made adhering to a rigid timeline.

Let's pretend we have class in which students must discover 'A,' 'B' and 'C,' with each discovery dependent on the previous discovery; in other words, the discovery of 'B' cannot occur without first discovering 'A.' This seems representative of everyday life.

One major defect in today's public education system occurs when a teacher says something like the following: "Okay, we are going to discover 'A,' but our discovery must be completed by such-and-such date because we must be sure we discover 'C' by the end of the semester." The semester ends on a fixed date that is not subject to change.

In a nutshell, one of many defects with today's public education system is that student discoveries are dictated by timelines (i.e. schedules). If a student does not discover 'A' by its scheduled discovery date, then they fall behind and, in many instances, fail to catch up.

Let's think "revolutionary" when thinking about overhauling our public education system and consider listening to educational gurus who advocate abolishing quarters, semesters, and school years.

Creator: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 29 August 2005