Once again Seth has brought up some good points that I have to share. I know that I have been writing about education a lot but that is a subject that is very important to me. We have been cutting education budgets for too long now and the result is that we have an entire generation that is not prepared for adult life. Let me be clear on something, I am an outsider looking in as I do not have children. It is easy to criticize when you have not had to deal with the issue. At the same time it gives me a unique opportunity to hold the candle of objectivity on the subject. I am not emotionally involved in the subject.
I am both a student and an administrator of a College. I am 53 years old and it has been a long time since I have been to school. The biggest difference is that I learned “how to learn” when I was in high school. The kids that I see today, many have no idea how to go about learning something on their own. They seem to want to be hand fed the knowledge.
When I went to school, my father told me that “this was my job, that I was becoming an adult and all adults had jobs, this one was mine for now.” I took him very seriously. We seem to want our children to remain children for too long. We coddle them, baby them, let them be “free spirits”, then wonder why they are out of control. We want them to have good self esteem, so do I, but not at the expense of humility and self control. We tend forget that at one time, not so long ago, boys were considered an adult at 13, girls were “old maids” at 16 if they weren’t married and having kids by then. Now we keep them till they are 18, sometimes 21-26, and they are still not prepared for the adult world.
Do I have any solutions? Well here are a few, fix the educational system, focus on life skills instead of just knowledge. Get rid of standardized tests, and reward good teachers. Get the politics out of the educational system, I wouldn’t let a politician operate on me, why are we letting them decide how to educate our children?