Friday, January 16, 2009

Oh To Be Educated

I've been wanting to write something up about education for a long time. But, I have so much to say I was afraid it would turn into a book instead of a blog. I doubt my book would be any more well read than my blog. Was that proper English?

My education pretty much sucked. I mean, I made straight A's in school. I was valedictorian of my class of 20. I was barely in the top 10%.

But, overall, it was not challenging. I remember taking Algebra my freshman year in high school with a bunch of football playing cheer leading seniors who had no interest in learning anything.

So, instead of giving you a bitter history of my many irritations (like the state forcing me to take two semesters of foreign languages and my school only offering Spanish I and Spanish II). I will try to point out possible solutions.

But, I can't do it all in one blog. I must tease my reader.

The first thing we should do to fix our lame education system in this country is to have two paths after the 5th grade.

After you get out of the 5th grade, there should be enough grade history there to know whether you are going to be a brain or a football star. The brains go to the learning school. The football stars go to the "no-pass no-play" school (the current school system).

Of course, there will have to be ways to alter your path. Some people in the football school might be smart enough to be in the brainy school. There might be a brainy person that can play football. But, I really don't want to get into football or sports. So, I will quit using that funny analogy.

People that get put in the challenging school (brainy) will have to maintain their brainy attitude.

People that get put in the challenged school (slow) will have to maintain their inability to learn or be educated.

Actually, it sounds bad, but the people in the challenged (slow) school will get the same education that everyone gets today. So, the challenging (brainy) school will be a huge improvement to the education of the USA.


  1. Federal Government mandates that we teach to the lowest common denominator in the hopes that one day we'll all be the lowest common denominator and will need the big smart government to guide us to a better life in the form of title I grants, TAKS test, no child left behind, and welfare checks. Long live socialism!!!

  2. Hello Joely.

    A agree with just about everything you said except the last part.

    I'd venture to guess that most socialistic type societies today have a much better education system than we do.

    "No Child Left Behind" is one of the scariest things to be said by a government official.

  3. I had Special Education my first 4 years of school. I never spent a full day with my class til I was in 5th grade. I was part of an experiment. It only seemed odd way later looking back on it.