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Old 07-01-2010, 07:58 PM
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Default Re: Fucking education! How does it work?

Originally Posted by livius drusus View Post
Originally Posted by Ensign Steve View Post
Beyond that, I think some kids need Calculus and other kids need 17th Century French Literature, but I bet there are very few kids that will end up having a use for both in their adult life. I recommend offering all of them so the student will have a chance to challenge themselves and see what they are interested in or good at. But when the kid reaches that age where they know they just plain aren't into math, it's just cruel to force them to take year after year of algebra, geometry, etc. If they're not good at it, they're not going to go into a field that requires it, and vice versa. In the meantime it just causes fights and bad grades and feelings of failure.
I have a problem with using a utilitarian standard to determine the value and focus of an education. My primary subjects of interest, literature and history, don't exactly lead to piles of jerbs (YOU'RE MAJORING IN WHAT? YOU CAN ALWAYS TEACH LOL) but I loved them throughout formal schooling and I still love them now. Why should going into a field that requires the acquisition of specific knowledge be the determining factor of what you learn?
It shouldn't, except that the question I was answering had to do with what is the baseline education that everybody needs to have. I think anything above and beyond the minimum (in this case, whatever might get you into a jerb) can and would be sought out organically by the student without having it mandated to them by some arbiter of curriculum.
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