There is a frequent discussion that occurs regarding educating our youth. Schooling choices is a topic I have researched in my own education and have been around my whole life. Schooling options include: public, private, home, and charter schools. Some think that the decline in the public education system is due to a political party. This is not the case.
Compulsory education in California requires that all students between the ages of 6 to 18 attend school, unless they graduate early. When I read this post by Seth Godin, my interest was piqued. Here are a few thoughts I gathered from this article:
- Compulsory education was a result of child labor laws.
- Compulsory education began in 1918.
- Compulsory education was designed to create better factory workers.
- Compulsory education has only slightly changed since it first began.
- Compulsory education does not appear to be developing innovative, creative learners.
- Compulsory education encourages standardized testing and a narrow method of determining student progress.
- Compulsory education promotes "race to the bottom" which is the opposite of President Obama's Race to the Top campaign.
- Compulsory education encourages students to do as their told, but this can prevent instruction on how to disagree respectfully.
- Compulsory education was designed to produce compliant, orderly, do-what-you're-told workers.
- Compulsory education...What have we gained as a society from this method? Could this be one of the major issues with our current model of public education?
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