Wednesday, January 21, 2015

An Opinion and Apples

Education is extremely contentious in this fine Nation of ours. Myself, I would have loved "estimated" answers and essays for my SAT's. Alas, that was long ago.

The Common Core has its supporters and critics, but what of the actual students? Do they have a say? I mean, how much testing do we really need to do? All this studying for tests takes away any time to actually learn a little something. This letter to the editor from a 13 year old out of Parsippany is pretty impressive.  I don't care if her she wrote it herself or received help from classmates, a teacher or her parents. The points she makes are valid and worth considering. I have a feeling that homeschooling, unschooling and alternative education plans are going to soar thanks to the blind belief that only testing gives you measure on how smart these kids are and what they are retaining. No practical applications, no experiments, just write the answer down or tap the keyboard and pick a, b, c or d. Hell, anyone can memorize answers, we all have.

My son is fortunate enough to just be a preschooler. He is in a class of 5 children. It will be interesting to see what happens when these youngsters move onto the public schools with 22 kids in a class. I am sure most will adjust with ease, but wouldn't it be better to have smaller classes? Of course I know the "cost" arguments, but since everyone is so worried about 'the children', wouldn't it make sense to try and set them up for success? Or if not for success, put them in an environment where the opportunity to thrive is greater? Not everyone can afford private schools who usually keep their student teacher ratio pretty manageable. I know I don't have the answers, but I do like to think about what could be done to improve education.
Maybe we should ask the students themselves for once.

And now, a random video: How Does It Grow? Apples



Cheers!
MissFifi

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