Eight year + trade/college
Homeschool all the way
Not education enough we need MOOOAAARRR
Bring back apprentice system
Send them all to India for tech education
Priestly schools for added guilt
Some sorta sci-fi instant-learning USB
Herbal lore, forget all this science stuff
Taoist system (keep people uneducated)
Something AWESOME that I didn't think of
In the so-called "first world", the school system just babies people who shouldn't be babied. You stopped being a baby at the age of 5, now you're a child. You stopped being a child at the age of 13, so pick up some goddamn responsibility and stop *****ing about the newest iPhone.
I'm using 13 as an example, but I personally think it's a good age that people should start learning how to be responsible, and not just with their new iPad/Macbook/iPod/iPhone/****YOUAPPLE, but with their future.
Last edited by emailbox; 4th January 2012 at 04:41 AM.
I went to a school that did let you focus in on certain areas, at least after 9th grade (college prep school). Although we still had to complete a set of requirements, it was a private school, so you were given a pretty good choice of classes.
I took many architecture, geometry, physics, and design courses to complete my requirements because I was almost certain that I wanted to go into architecture.
Despite getting a pretty thorough introduction to the subject, I began to realize in college that there were many advanced aspects of the subject that I did not want to do for the rest of my life. Had I not taken other general education courses, I would have had absolutely no real alternatives. It's kind of a double sided sword there. If all we do is give geneds, we make it difficult for students to decide what they want to do. If we force some form of specialization early on in high school, we don't give them any alternatives and will end up with quite a few uninterested workers. I don't want a doctor who dislikes his job operating on me, and I don't want to drive on bridges designed by disgruntled engineers. I also don't want to live in a world where people think any college degree will net a job, because that just leaves us with a bunch of creative-writers, philosophers, and poets. There has to be some balance.
Allowing students to gradually move into a field introduction is a good thing, but forcing them to make a "trade" decision is an awful idea. Despite what we say about "babying" them, teenagers really are still developing, and asking a 13-16 year old to make a relatively permanent life decision will not work out in most scenarios.
Good point. I'll agree that not everyone will know what they want to do (some people might be torn between two completely different fields, I've known people like that). I still do think that "high school" should work more like post-secondary rather than elementary.
Bring back corporal punishment