RAnthony wrote:Teachers should really set the coursework for their classes, and they should probably base that on guidelines from the people active in the fields they are teaching. I really don't think that governments should be involved in school any more than to make sure that basic goals in education are met. Critical thinking. Reading. Writing. Math. Science.ryanm wrote:The first thing that has to go is state-by-state curriculum. Sorry, but math, history, science, etc., aren't subjective.
...and I put critical thinking first, because there's a dearth of it in American society. If we simply teach people to think critically, a whole host of other problems will solve themselves, because the people involved will understand how to fix them.
Maybe if government didn't have a monopoly on education, we wouldn't have governments setting curricula...
The first adults educated under the federal Department of Education created by Jimmy Carter didn't enter the workforce until the 90s (the Department of Education being founded in 1979). Somehow, we managed to land on the Moon and invent a thousand other useful discoveries in the arts and sciences without a federal cabinet-level Department of Education.