Having experienced many things called "education" for most of my
life so far, I've developed some opinions about what works, what
doesn't, and what no one in their right mind should do, but is
common anyway (in essence, the good, the bad, and the ugly).
I'm starting to put up essays about my views on education, and what I
think works. Basically, I'm for what could be derided as "traditional,
factory-model education", just because I'm for teaching lots of
content and teaching in an organized and effective fashion, even
though neither of these, so far as I can tell, is necessarily boring,
repetitious, or harmful to small children.
Upper Arlington Public
Schools--I attended these "award winning" schools from 4th grade
till I graduated high school. They employ several full-time PR people
to put the right catch words in applications including an increased
emphasis on "discovery" learning and doing away with science
texts. There were some very good points in my education, especially
the math program I had from 7th grade onward (although I think they
may be changing this, as well). Still, because of the many
mediocre experiences I had here and the trends I'm seeing in their
practices (and shown out by the trends in their test scores over the
past decade), I'm putting them in the bad category. It may
soon get ugly, though.
More soon. (unfortunately!)
Always keep in mind when reading pages like these (as well as the
pages I've labeled "good"), that everyone says they want the
best for kids. You have to go beyond what the PR people say, and look
into what actually happens and goes on. Results are important. Always
beware of vagueness in goals.
In addition, beware of "new" ideas. Very few ideas are really new at
their core. Read this article
from the Atlantic a few years back, then see when
it was written, to see what I mean.
Sadly, it probably won't take me too long to find stuff for this category,
but I tend to be cautious...
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February 28, 1998