Education must maximize the individual abilities of all children and not just the few with exceptional math/verbal ability. Otherwise children will not be properly preparing to maximize their future well-being. Politicians must reverse their college will save our children educational approach. It pleases many parents but can only help a few students and it ignores the many other special gifts possessed
by our children.
Export power Germany graduates 97.3%. They are employable with high self-esteem. The US create too many unemployable graduates and a 20% dropout rate indicates many self-esteem issues. U.S. primary education should concentrate on reading and should determine what a student does well, their Special Intelligence. Secondary schools should design Individualize Curriculums to enhance skills related to a student's special intelligence. Creativity should be fostered by directing some student learning toward less academic often off-campus activities. A year-round shorter day school calendar would eliminate the 10% summer slide learning loss. Less academics per day would lower teacher and facility cost while at the same time creating scheduling opportunities that maximize teacher gratification.
Individualized Curriculums should enhance a student's competitiveness. "Students should have studied what they do well but schools do not do this..." the LA Times reported from a book by management science founding father Peter Drucker. Instead they focus "... on a learner's weaknesses." Skills associated with special intelligence must be maximized. There is little to be gained from marginally improvement of skills related to what someone does not do well.
Emphasizes a student's Special Intelligence should be done in accordance with Howard Gardner's model of Multiple Intelligence. Mathematical, spatial, bodily movement, musical, verbal, interpersonal and intrapersonal skill intelligence are all important. See Page 1 Educating Toward a Student's Special Intelligence Leads to Year-Round Schooling, a Shorter School Day, Structured Learning Activities, Economic Efficiency, More Learning, Happier Students and Satisfied Teachers.
Core Intelligence skill level achievement should relate
to a student's career options. According to education guru John Dewey;
education should..." prepare him for the future life…” "it means to
train him so that he will have the full and ready use of his
capacities..." Trying to educate all students to some preconceived
capacity of core intelligence skills too often fails and retards student
skill growth in other important areas. Too many dropouts happen all to
generate large and growing group of students making a poor economic
college investment pushed by all aspects of society..
Determining Special Intelligence and minimal Core Intelligence development is essential. "Education is a very lumpy investment where often there is little or no payoff from having a little bit more." according to Lester Thurow, former Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management and author of The Future of Capitalism: How Today's Economic Forces Shape Tomorrow's World States.
Early education should be an enjoyable creative
time. The rigorous ordeal of
some Asian countries and U.S. tiger mothers has not worked. Their over emphasis of
academics causes anxious unhappy students and produces
inconsequential gains and has many unintended consequences.
Germany students take a vigorous academically oriented curriculum but
a majority, 55.9% take a vocationally directed curriculum. They finish
school at 1 PM and graduate at 15 with a basic qualification of
“Crucially, Germany cut out the third-tier schools
for weak academic performers. It's terrible for integration, it's
terrible for results. The best Chinese schools, adds Sir Michael
Barber, have also modified their obsession with high-fliers to ensure
that they address the 'long tail' of underachievement—something that
hampers Britain's performance, too.” Many of
Germany's graduates enter the “vocational education system that combines
state-funded classroom sessions with practical training conducted by
companies.” Apprentices receive a modest salary. ”The system has helped
keep youth unemployment at 7.9 percent, the lowest rate in Europe."
How Germany Educated Toward Student-Employability and Self-Esteem
Eliminating the 10% summer learning slide with four twelve-week terms would help. Each day would consist of four structured academic classroom hours and two unstructured hours which would be directed toward individual needs for elementary school students. During high school a student's individualized curriculum based upon their special intelligence would determine the when, where, and what of structured unstructured time. Students could work, take more academic classes, volunteer, create groups to compete for academic prizes, attend career-focused academies, play sports and whatever else American ingenuity determines enhances education and creativity.
Teachers would work in a more college like envirnment. Teaching more than the required four structured classes would earn extra discounted pay or credits could be banked. Some teachers might prefer to use free time to manage extracurricular activities. Classes time would follow U.S. Universities with fifty-minute class periods. It allows the world's best colleges to save money, keep teachers happy and produce many well educated graduates.
Some students leaving after traditional classes
would lower cost of academic instruction...
Structured unstructured education would free classrooms allowing
over-crowded systems to close older less efficient buildings. Teacher
overloads would mean fewer full-time teachers.
Some states would allow systems to morph into the German vocational
model with students graduating in less than twelve years as they leave
for vocational and military experiences or as a recent US trend
indicates, begin their college or junior college experience. Some systems
would invest the dollar savings in early childhood education or my
favorite, prenatal care. It’s tough to teach unhealthy from birth
children. See Benefits
Education's Bottom Line, 5 Things People Want from Higher Education
Changing Education Paradigms
Educating Toward a Student's Special Intelligence Leads to Year-Round Schooling, a Shorter School Day, Structured Learning Activities, Economic Efficiency, More Learning, Happier Students and Satisfied Teachers.
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Goals for Elementary school
4. Special Students those in the top 5% in any
kind of intelligence should, if possible,