"Wisdom is no one's mother tongue. It has to be worked for."
- Samuel McCord
AMERICAN SCHOOLS ARE TRAINING CHILDREN FOR A WORLD THAT DOESN'T EXIST.
Browse FB, skim Twitter, listen to the talking heads on TV.
Americans are getting dumber in crucial ways.
Our math skills are being stunted by strange ways of getting to simple solutions.
(But it does prepare kids for the nonsense of our political response to practical problems.)
“A man who has both feet planted firmly in the air can be safely called a liberal
as opposed to the conservative, who has both feet firmly planted in his mouth.”
- Mark Twain
Our reading skills are withering.
(Yet, no subject of study is more important than reading, for all other intellectual powers depend upon it.)
Our kids learn within a system of education devised for a world that increasingly does not exist.
Over the next 20 years, our planet with sag under the weight of an additional two billion people.
OUR PLANET CAN LONGER FEED ITS PEOPLE.
The climate will continue to change. Our coastlines and its populations are doomed unless we start thinking outside the box or make an entirely new one.
Microbiological threats will increase as our traditional techniques of anti-microbial defense lead to greater and greater resistances,
and to fight these we must discover new approaches to medical treatment.
AMERICANS NEED TO LEARN HOW TO DISCOVER.
Being dumb in the existing educational system is bad enough.
Failing to create a new way of learning adapted to contemporary circumstances MAY PROVE TO BE FATAL.
DISCOVERY has always prompted interest. It is fun to see the curtain lift before your eyes.
CAN YOU REMEMBER SCHOOL EVER BEING FUN?
It is worse in today's classrooms with combat-fatigued teachers and bored, unruly students.
But the good news is that Nature has a way of
wiping the slate clean and starting over.
What our leaders choose to do with education
in the next few years
may well determine
if we are around
after the slate cleaning.
What do you think?