What is school for?

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  1. Amanda
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    Amanda Calm as a Hindu cow

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    I read an interesting blog post by Seth Godin, who some of you may know for his work in marketing, particularly as it relates to new media, web 2.0, etc. Anyway, here was his list of things school is for. I thought it might make an interesting discussion. I'm sure some of you will have some additional ideas or take exception to some of these.

    I put in bold the ones I feel are especially true in how schools are run. Not necessarily how they should be run, but how I felt they were being run when I was there.


    Become an informed citizen
    Be able to read for pleasure
    Be trained in the rudimentary skills necessary for employment
    Do well on standardized tests
    Homogenize society, at least a bit
    Pasteurize out the dangerous ideas
    Give kids something to do while parents work
    Teach future citizens how to conform
    Teach future consumers how to desire
    Build a social fabric
    Create leaders who help us compete on a world stage
    Generate future scientists who will advance medicine and technology
    Learn for the sake of learning
    Help people become interesting and productive
    Defang the proletariat
    Establish a floor below which a typical person is unlikely to fall
    Find and celebrate prodigies, geniuses and the gifted
    Make sure kids learn to exercise, eat right and avoid common health problems
    Teach future citizens to obey authority
    Teach future employees to do the same
    Increase appreciation for art and culture
    Teach creativity and problem solving
    Minimize public spelling mistakes
    Increase emotional intelligence
    Decrease crime by teaching civics and ethics
    Increase understanding of a life well lived
    Make sure the sports teams have enough players

    So, what do you think? :tongue:
     
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    So you've gained nothing off the list, and have gained nothing from your education? The teachers were just out to get you, and it was a place to go while your parents worked?
     
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    I always assumed I was there to teach kids history and literature.

    Much of the reason I don't teach now is because that is really the ONLY THING I care to do when I am teaching.

    If you want a role model, or a guard, a life mentoring coach or a janitor, by all means hire those people, but I'm an history teacher and a literature teacher and that's pretty much all I will be held accountable for doing.
     
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    i taught history and social sciences...read a lot of sex ed....education has changed....the classics are forgotten...sorry but all schools have dumbed down.
     
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    what is school for? a broad question...i know my school was for old lady craven...we hated every mothering nano second we were in her english class...advanced english literature...she dragged us ..kicking and screaming into the world of shakespeare...beowulf ...and much much more....sometimes school is just that one person who flips that switch in ya....making a bunch of smart ass hooligans into literay scholars....(the others not me)
     
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    Will you please tell that to the other teachers?
     
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    Schools are farms. They produce people who can understand basic math and science(hopefully) and are also not likely to rock the boat. I think the real uber-achievers succeed in spite of our schools, not because of them.
     
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    These days, i'm afraid it's more for teaching left wing ideology in the Social Studies category........
     
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    I hear schools are for teaching diversified sex education these days.

    In the sixties it was to learn Math, Reading, English, History, Social Studies, Science and it could include, typing, economics, foriegn langauges, etc, a bit of Art and Music was including in the mix.

    When my children were in school by the time they hit highschool it was an emphasis that leaned towards how to be good socialist and accept whatever came along for them with the above mentioned basics. We would undo some of the damage done at the school when they got home by insisting they would not simply get a free lunch because they demanded it.
     
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    Schools are for brainwashing kids, so they can learn what the society wants them to learn. History lessons can be modified depending on the country you live in, religion in school teaches you what your morals should be or should not be, math learns kids how to think rationally and to estimate, ...

    I think a lot of things are useful, but others can seem like brainwashing if you compare them to what is educated on schools in other nations (like religion & "subjective" history)

    To me it seems like schools are sort of like factories to make a product, you put a kid in it and you have a product of your society that comes out of it.

    It reminds me of a certain song:

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_bvT-DGcWw[/ame]
     
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