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Design an education plan.

Discussion in 'Op Ed' started by EatTheRich, Aug 1, 2019.

  1. EatTheRich

    EatTheRich President

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    Pretend you’re given plenary powers to redesign a curriculum for American K-12 public education. Pretend everything else would be unchanged, or change the rules and explain in your notes. What would you like to see students learn in school? If you believe in local variation, local control, or treating different students differently, let us know. I do not have any expertise in pedagogy. Do you? Regardless, what would a typical student’s schedule look like in your school?

    A suggestion:

    Kindergarten
    1 Deportment
    2 Physical Education
    3 Health
    4 Music Appreciation

    1st Grade
    1 Arithmetic
    2 Reading
    3 Physical Education
    4 Home Economics
    5 Feminist Theory
    6 Critical Race Theory
    7 Biology

    2nd Grade
    1 Arithmetic
    2 Reading
    3 Writing
    4 Home Economics
    5 Physical Education
    6 Art Appreciation
    7 World Cultures

    3rd Grade
    1 Ecology
    2 Community Service
    3 Ancient History
    4 Arithmetic
    5 Computer Science
    6 Research Methods
    7 Physical Education

    4th Grade
    1 Logic
    2 Sex Education
    3 World Cultures
    4 Current Events
    5 Physical Education
    6 Arithmetic
    7 American Literature

    5th Grade
    1 Current Events
    2 Urban History
    3 Physical Education
    4 Foreign language (Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, or local indigenous or introduced language)
    5 Health
    6 Feminist Theory
    7 Geometry

    6th Grade
    1 Home Economics
    2 Physical Education
    3 Modern History
    4 Current Events
    5 Biology
    6 Chemistry
    7 Music Theory

    7th Grade
    1 Civics
    2 Health
    3 Deportment
    4 Physical Education
    5 Political Science
    6 Algebra
    7 Art Technique

    8th Grade
    1 Computer Science
    2 Research Methods
    3 Foreign Language Elective
    4 Ecology
    5 Algebra
    6 Physical Education
    7 Physics

    9th Grade
    1 Foreign Language Elective
    2 Consumer Education
    3 Political Science
    4 Physical Education
    5 Critical Race Theory
    6 Black History
    7 Algebra

    10th Grade
    1 World Cultures
    2 History Elective (Rural or Southern History)
    3 Community Service
    4 Trigonometry
    5 Computer Science
    6 Logic
    7 Foreign Language Elective

    11th Grade
    1 Women’s History
    2 Ecology
    3 Chemistry
    4 Biology
    5 Calculus
    6 Foreign Language Elective
    7 World Literature

    12th Grade
    1 Literature Elective
    2 World History
    3 Calculus
    4 Physics
    5 Feminist Theory
    6 Native American History
    7 Elective
     
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  2. PhilFish

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    I think Latin would be an appropriate option in the late middle school grades...into HS
     
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  3. EatTheRich

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    Fair enough. I took a year of Latin in high school and it served me well (just because there are so many Latin words not only in every Romance language but also in English).
     
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  4. PhilFish

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    that, and moreso for the understanding of declension and gender facets of language.. it's an excellent bridge to other languages..
     
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  5. PhilFish

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    critical race theory would not be grasped at the 1st grade level.

    maybe middle school, if not later as an option...
     
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  6. EatTheRich

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    Could be geared to an elementary level. At that age, I am just talking about presenting the fact that opportunity is unequally distributed based on race.
     
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  7. Jen

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    I could develop a good curriculum for an education pedagogy class. I have extensive experience in the area of education and have a working knowledge of the abilities of children at all of the ages.
    Your suggestions here are not terrible. Here is what I would add or subtract:

    Kindergarten:
    Add this:
    * Basics of color recognition, number recognition, letter recognition, some shape recognition (circle, square, rectangle, triangle).

    First Grade
    #5, 6, 7 = not age appropriate.
    Add:
    *Tools of getting along with others (especially those who are different in temperament, skin color, physical ability, looks) could be taught in an age appropriate way.

    Second grade
    Your list is good.

    Third grade
    Good list. It is surprising to think that research skills should start that early. But I definitely agree.

    Fourth grade
    Good list.

    Fifth grade:
    No reason for feminist history at that point. Undertones/ modeling at all grade levels should be that both men and women are equally intelligent. No reason for a specific feminist history here.

    Sixth grade:
    I would add this:
    * writing techniques expanded
    * analysis of the written word
    * foreign language

    (analysis ability is just beginning in 6th grade so it would be very rudimentary, but this is the place to start)

    Seventh grade:
    Add these:
    * writing technique
    *expanded research techniques
    *expand on analysis
    *foreign language

    Eighth grade
    Add these:
    *writing technique
    *analysis of the written word

    Ninth grade

    Good list. At this point writing technique and analysis can be incorporated into the subjects on the list.

    Tenth grade
    Good list

    Eleventh grade:
    Good list.
    Add:
    *Latin as the foreign language.

    Many of the most common languages draw from Latin and it is very helpful to have a basic knowledge there.

    12th grade
    Good list.

    I think that law required education should end after 9th grade.
    Those subjects on the list for 10th - 12th are not appropriate for every student and are not needed for every adult. After 9th grade, the student and his/her parents should be able to choose the path with 10 - 12 being available but not legally required.

    Side note: Current education, and education as far back as I can remember is weak on analysis skills. If a person is not able to read and article and analyze what is being said, then they might as well not be able to read at all. Analysis skill is one of the most important things a child should learn.
     
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  8. PhilFish

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    Why engender that in a child
    To a child all are equal.
     
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  9. Jen

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    It's surprising how much education is done by modeling the correct behavior.
    At low elementary levels, it is better to do race education by modeling rather than talking about it.
    There might be a way (using videos, pictures) to bring "differences" into the conversation with 1st graders and teach appropriate ways of viewing those "different from me" in physical ways or mental ways........as being "like me but different in some ways". That way physically handicapped people as well as people with different skin colors can be included in the "just like me with some different features". Examples can be shown at this level like a brown egg and a white egg being different on the outside, but exactly the same on the inside.

    Keep it simple for first graders.
     
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  10. EatTheRich

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    Because the child will soon start noticing social inequalities, and unless it is made clear that they are created by society’s choices will likely conclude that they are due to innate racial differences.
     
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  11. The Sage of Main Street

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    Team/Reward Is the Only Productive Method

    American education is unnatural and develops only a tiny percentage of the national talent. It fails to motivate children and adolescents.

    Divide the classes into team, with a parity in IQ. Quiz frequently, including a few questions from earlier material. The highest-scoring team will get Friday off, the lowest one will have to attend on Saturday.

    Individual high-scorers from grades four years older will get paid to teach the Saturday classes. Are most valuable human resources are treated like freaks and nerds under the present system. Under this system, a smartkid will have the same social status as someone who hits a game-winning home run has now. By the way, get rid of all school teams; the Little League as a substitute for grade-school baseball should have been the model on that.

    As for curriculum, include all grammar subjects such as spelling, writing, vocabulary, and diverse reading passages all twelve years. Don't assign any literature, especially the obsolete language used by Shakespeare. In the higher grades, include public speaking, enunciation, and correction of errors common in the media, such as "between you and I," pro used for "major league," redundancies like "PIN number," and defectives like MOS being used for "MOS number."

    Relevancy and practical value should come foremost. Teach the geography of the surrounding city, county, and state way before any globalist mandate. Teach the arithmetic of batting averages and earned-run averages. Any science has to be how everyday things like television work, going into such objects thoroughly.
     
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    Very constructive and thoughtful response. I like it!
     
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  13. Jen

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    A child gradually forms opinions of what is equal and what is not equal. But a child can and does notice at a very early age, maybe by 2 , that some things are "different". That's the point that can be addressed there. ... that "different" is okay.

    Then you can start introducing that some "different" is not okay...........like someone who touches you wrong or if the milk smells funky.

    With little ones you go as simple as possible. You will know when you've made it too simple because they will roll their eyes.
     
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  14. Jen

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    Differences can be taught about in a way where the kids form their perception of equality in a good way. The attack of the lesson should be about differences........good and bad ones (as I've given examples of in my other posts here).

    No matter what the age, if someone lectures a child on how they should know what (socially, not in math) is equal and what is not........... the child will tune it out. But kids like to find differences. A teacher can use that they like that in amazing ways.
     
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  15. voyager

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    In the twelfth grade a course called REAL LIFE should be mandatory. When I was in twelfth grade they only taught me how to use a check book and good fawking luck out there in the real world.
    Students need to be taught that most people will rip you off if they can. Keep your money close and watch your six.
     
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