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School Sucks

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Meghan Cahill

on 29 May 2013

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Schools Sucks: The Horace Mann System Column A and Column B Would you rather have students be Column A or Column B?

Would you rather have your doctors, lawyers, the president etc. be Column A or Column B? Failures or Geniuses? People throughout history would have been considered failures by the Horace Mann system and what our schools are currently teaching us. They're drop outs, billionaires, bankrupt, and famous. People like... How our failing school system impacts our education Horace Mann was an American education reformist. Mann created the modern classroom of 25 students facing towards a teacher. It has been the set up of the classroom for over 200 years. This is the Story of the Classroom Obedience “I don’t like learn from it, it just like gives me the answers. So I don’t even bother with trying to do it.” “If you have to reteach yourself one of the objectives, if you don’t pass it right away, you can get the packet and watch the video again and do the practice right after it so it’s like you’re learning it again for the first time.” “If I learn it wrong then it’s just downhill from there” A study to show what teens think about fame was done by Jake Halpern. Here are his findings. "When you grow up, which of the following jobs would you most like to have?"

The chief of a major company like General Motors


A United States Senator

The president of a great university like Harvard or Yale

The personal assistant to a very famous singer or movie star The results of the girls were:
9.5% chose the chief of a major company like General Motors
9.8% chose a Navy SEAL
13.6% chose a United States Senator
23.7% chose the president of a great university like Harvard or Yale
43.4% chose the personal assistant to a very famous singer or movie star Should our students want to be assistants more then heroes or visionaries? This is the Story of the Classroom "The assignments don’t have very clear instructions. I don’t like how we always have to do computer assignments when we could be experiencing different things and doing things like real experiments.” “She tells us what to study but doesn’t really teach us things.” Lack of direction
Struggling without help This is the Story of the Classroom “Last year I thought English was boring and there’s no point to it and coming into this year I was very discouraged, we speak it we read it why do we need a class for it?” “English is basically the only class I look forward to because its fun and we want to learn” Life Skills Stepped away from thinking from 200 years ago and into the 21st century. Aware
Supportive Obedient Albert Einstein Bill Gates Walt Disney David Karp ...Henry Ford, Isaac Newton, Steven Spielberg, Marilyn Monroe, Steve Jobs, Winston Churchill...the list goes on and on. Einstein didn't speak until he was four and didn't read until he was seven, causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped. He was expelled from school but most agree that he figured it out, winning the Nobel Prize and changing modern physics. Gates didn't start as a success after dropping out of Harvard and starting a failed first business called Traf-O-Data. Although his first idea didn’t work he ended up creating the company that is a household name, Microsoft. Walt Disney had a rough start. He was fired by a newspaper editor because, "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas." After that, Disney started a number of businesses that ended with bankruptcy and failure. He kept working though and eventually found success. Today Disney rakes in billions from merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world. Karp dropped out of high school at 15. He never got his diploma. He is the creator of Tumblr, which in the first two weeks it was in service got 75,000 users. Recently, Tumblr was sold to Yahoo for $1.1 billion and he will remain CEO. What is School For? "To create a society that’s culturally coordinated."
"To further science and knowledge and pursue information for its own sake."
"To enhance civilization while giving people the tools to make informed decisions."
"To train people to become productive workers." This is what the book Stop Stealing Dreams has to say; School doesn't accomplish these things at all. A culturally coordinated society: "...There’s a significant cultural distinction between a high school drop-out and a Yale graduate. [...] If school’s goal is to create a foundation for a common culture, it hasn’t delivered at nearly the level it is capable of."
~Stop Stealing Dreams The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake: "We spend a fortune teaching trigonometry to kids who don’t understand it, won’t use it, and will spend no more of their lives studying math."
~Stop Stealing Dreams The tools to make smart decisions: "...we see ever more belief in unfounded theories, bad financial decisions, and poor community and family planning. [...] If the goal was to raise the standards for rational thought, skeptical investigation, and useful decision making, we’ve failed for most of our citizens."
~Stop Stealing Dreams "...we built [the schooling system] to train the workforce we needed for the industrialized economy."
~Stop Stealing Dreams We need to end obedience and start teaching students to be honest, innovative, supportive etc. We need to stop failing students and start having them strive to be better, challenged, and push our teachers to do more. School Sucks Sources http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/docs/StopStealingDreamsSCREEN.pdf
http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_how_to_escape_education_s_death_valley.html "Changing school doesn't involve sharpening the pencil we’ve already got. School reform cannot succeed if it focuses on getting schools to do a better job of what we previously asked them to do."
~Stop Stealing Dreams School can create productive workers, factor workers, people who just follow rules and are obedient. But have our teachers really changed anything? http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d3/Albert_Einstein_Head.jpg/220px-Albert_Einstein_Head.jpg
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/22/the-best-high-schools-2013_n_3133857.html Kim Atkins
Hunter Brings
Emma Henne
Steve Hermanson
Jilli Hovland
Rachel Lenz
Ryan McCallum
Josie Peterson
Josh Skarin
Sam Westrum Thank you so much to the following people for letting me interview them for this project The best public high school in the US is in the Dallas Independent School District, in Texas. Texas though ranks 49nth in funding per student, receiving $3,000 less per student than the national average. So, when you have good teachers it doesn't matter how much money you get from the state or how much technology or resources you have? Public School= $489.4 billion "...education is expensive, but living in a world of ignorance is even more expensive."
~Stop Stealing Dreams Why does the community pay to make obedient workers that can only follow direction not give them? “If you were to ask [the teacher] a question he’d think you were stupid. A lot of questions I wouldn’t ask because I didn’t want to sound stupid but whenever I asked [the teacher] a question he goes, "Well maybe if you watched the video you’d understand” “It’s scary having this go on our GPA and when our teacher isn’t the greatest.” “We’re not learning if we’re being forced to do something. We’re learning to force ourselves to do something. We’re not learning to broaden our minds but in English we do broaden our minds and perspectives” “The other classes I do believe are harder but we’re being challenged in English” “It’s one thing that I’m not interested in math or science but I could be, I could find ways to work around my interests if there was a good teacher to help”
~8th grade student So if our students know there is a problem why can’t our teachers see it? No Child Left Behind? 3,030,000 Students drop out every year 8,300 Students drop out everyday This doesn't count are all the kids who go to school but are disengaged from it, who don't enjoy it, who don't get any real benefit from it. If we halved the number of drop outs, one estimate is it would add a TRILLION dollars to the US economy in 10 years. The drop out rate is going up not down.
Instead of helping the economy our teachers are letting it get worst and worst.
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