The effort to turn public school classrooms into…
First, I believe everyone knows how to educate, the politician and even poorly educated persons. For teaching isn’t a Priesthood or even an especially difficult endeavor. It’s in our very nature as is learning. When we make children, we educate them to our ability – if only the established bureaucracy doesn’t interfere. However, we can only teach what we know; which is why parents send their kids to school. They presume teachers know and love their subjects. And the teacher acts in loco parentis. Knowledge is all - and a passionate love for it!
Most teachers have been filled with the view that they go to school to learn Teaching, which is an error. They must learn about the “monuments of unaging intellect,” as Yeats said. Their love for their subject will imbue their students with an excitement they normally only get on the football field. Then they will learn. For example, when English is taught, what are the words used to delight the little minds? Remember, as a boy, Abraham Lincoln, a manual laborer and rail splitter (whose father had no schooling) learned from his mother the lovely phrases of the King James Bible and Shakespeare. We can hear it now in his language. What is found in fashionable Maya Angelou that recommends her verse compared to the boisterous teenage Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet? My thought is that the same appreciation the teacher shows for Chaucer, Shakespeare and Swift applies to something as abstract as mathematics for there is certainly delight in that learning also if only the teacher truly loves the subject.
If I had my way we would have a Core Curriculum for the teachers not the students, where those teachers would be required to qualify by judging their desire to express their passion for their subject and their ability to communicate it. That is to say, we should have a teacher for each subject not for each class realizing that in a diverse student body children show progress at different rates. It is appropriate to have students of different ages and skills grouped together, instead of the forced and unnatural pass-fail class system that we now use. In my system they will all pass by recognizing excellence in the work of others and by competition find achievement and then be measured by the fullness and sincerity of their own work.
As I see it, the problem with the teaching of Education today is that teachers learn teaching instead of subjects. And higher paid once-teachers, the Principals, are bureaucratic overseers of a plantation called the Neighborhood School where the students are the slaves of a teachers’ union whose main interest is salary and benefits for their members having no thought whatsoever for the slaves. The highest pay should go to good teachers who spark imagination inflaming youthful passions. The Principal’s job should be abolished or given to the gardener or janitor. In the primary grades time should be mainly spent on reading and writing stories, number play and hearing history and song. All valuable learning begins with skills in reading, writing, music, morality and math. It’s easy to specialize and concentrate in anything else useful in the 21st Century once those skills are acquired.
The concept of “textbooks” is another word for indoctrination. What we should substitute is a list and examples of original sources. That is to say, the unedited words and stories gleaned from the original authors of the subjects the teachers wish to teach. We don’t need text books we need anthologies. That way each teacher will help the students to interpret the material, thus insuring variety of opinions and avoiding one federally centralized dogma that must be taught. If Teachers tell students something parents disagree with they can speak with the Teacher, but they have no such influence with a School Board.
I think that textbook purchases are a boondoggle and should be resisted. Throw a wrench into their process. Challenge every step; interfere, obstruct, delay them. Call for parent’s input. Do anything to prevent the use of the propaganda of the Left.
Online Open House Tuesday Night
If you're looking for a better alternative to public education, have you considered FreedomProject Education (FPE)? Students can access an entire Pre-K-12 curriculum and earn a high school diploma through this cutting edge online program. They will receive an education steeped in the tradition of the founding fathers.
Now in its second year, FPE is a JBS affiliate and will hold an online open house on Tuesday for parents, students and supporters to see the Spring 2013 class line-up and to meet the teachers.
The open house will run from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM CT.
I went through the curriculum quickly. Very impressive, however, I would dump Latin, since there are so many good translations into English, and Spanish, since your gardener would not understand it anyway. An important omission is Music, which is as important as Art that they do include.
I thought of something about Spanish. If they taught 17th Century Spanish the kids could read Don Quixote in the original. What a delightful hillarity that would be!
Trying to equal the language learning of the Founders is more than most students could handle. For example James Madison, also knew French, Latin, Greek and Hebrew. Match that you soccer players!
Does enrolling a child in FPE relieve the parents of the provisions of the law requiring them to send kids to school?
From: Carl O
To: George, Tony, Susan
Sent: Sat, Dec 15, 2012 11:26 am
Subject: We Can Win This
Tony, George, Susan, We can win this Common Core issue. It was won before on the National History Standards, in a campaign by Lynne Cheney (wife of Dick Cheney). She was the chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities which had originally funded a National History Standards (by an outfit at UCLA), which turned out to be totally bizarre. Her campaign led to a 99-1 Senate vote against it. http://www.historyplace.com/pointsofview/cheney.htm She wrote a book on this and other matters. http://www.historians.org/perspectives/issues/1995/9503/9503NCC.cfm See second story. Let's do the same thing here. Carl
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