Originally Posted by Miburo
Could you elaborate on this, RNB? Such as what exactly you propose schools should teach. I'm not saying you're wrong or disagreeing with you or trying to be a dick (Yet. XD). I'm actually interested in what you're saying. I also disagree with some things society sometimes suggests, such as wealth = success and whatnot. So I might actually agree with you on this shit. Maybe.
Classical education is valuable in some areas such as up to middle school. I think that around 6th or 7th grade the education style should change though. It should become much more independent because you live life, by yourself. You don't always have a teacher there watching over your shoulder evaluating your decisions and correcting your mistakes. So when many people get out of this system they are not taught for the real world. Only some people learn early on that this life is lived independently. School does not teach the idea that one should think for himself.
So around 6th or 7th grade the education should change and become radically more independent. Some kids may not survive in the independent environment and may latch on to the classical style, which could be a problem. So whether this system should be for public education or not is a decision for another time.
There is a college called St. John's college. That type of education is how I think education should be. The kids learn in a very democratic and independent environment, in which the teacher only guides the class and doesn't actually teach. The kids learn from the books that actually produced the theories. So instead of opening up some textbook to page 300 to learn about some physics theory, they read Einstein's actual books.
Here are some links:
Again, I stress that I don't know if this is a good idea for public education. I think it is a great idea for private education though.