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    This is the second part to an earlier writing about education in the United States. As you may recall, I advocated for the privatization of all schools from kindergarten to graduate studies. This piece will focus on the curriculum that needs to be followed.

    Everytime I encounter someone in the workplace, I am reminded of just how much we have failed to properly educate United States citizens in the fundamentals of communication: reading, writing and speaking. Few would argue that the time is long overdue for the United States to "get back to the basics" of a fully functional education system. We need to exclusively focus on the development of communication skills from kindergarten to eighth grade along with annual testing that measures apptitude and interest. Training in mathematics should be limited to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Unless communication skills are fully mastered, there is no need to advance to high school.

    For those who graduate to high school, the emphasis could evolve into a curriculum of philosophy, sociology, economics, psychology, science and religious studies. Books such as "For Dummies" and "The Complete *****'s Guide" could be used to foster an understanding of different religions. Athletic activity would be strictly confined to cardio vascular exercises and all sports would be eliminated. While there would still be an emphasis on communication skills, the focus would now be on developing a foundation of basic knowledge so as to be able to graduate to college. Testing for apptitude and interest would continue through high school increasing the chances of picking the right field of study . Those not continuing on to college would enter some type of apprenticeship training for the purpose of learning a trade. For those who do graduate to college, the student would continue to study an advanced version of the same curriculum as high school but only for the first two years then they would complete their education by strictly focusing on coursework designed to train them in their field of study. Nearing graduation, internships would be required to begin the transition to the working world. Think of how different our society would be if our education system could just teach the fundamentals of reading, writing and speaking.
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    good points...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JOEBIALEK
    good points...
    Kind of full of yourself, huh?

    You seem to think that there is nothing more to life than your work. Personally, I work to live, not live to work. Yes, I value my education. And despite your insinuation, I consider myself to be very well educated despite the fact that I played several team sports throughout my entire academic life. I agree this country needs to get back to the basics of education, and free rides for athletes definitely should be eliminated, but I think your view is very narrow and unrealistic. The problem with private schools is that you get what you pay for. Most of this country would get very little for their money, IMHO. I'm not convinced that will solve anything. In my mind, the solution is for parents to actually be involved in their children's educations, and stop making excuses...your kid does not have ADD or ADHD or whatever the friggin acronym of the day is....he (or she) is a kid. Kids have short attention spans and lots of energy. Don't drug them, help focus them. Don't yell at the teachers because your kid fails math....sit down and show him how it's done.

    "Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."
    - Albert Einstein
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    Quote Originally Posted by JOEBIALEK
    We need to exclusively focus on the development of communication skills from kindergarten to eighth grade along with annual testing that measures apptitude and interest. Training in mathematics should be limited to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Unless communication skills are fully mastered, there is no need to advance to high school.
    If you don't know how to do addition, subtraction, multiplication and division by the 4th or 5th grade, you shouldn't even be allowed to go to junior high, let alone high school. This is basic math. By high school, they should already know fractions and equations.

    Quote Originally Posted by JOEBIALEK
    For those who graduate to high school, the emphasis could evolve into a curriculum of philosophy, sociology, economics, psychology, science and religious studies.
    The students should be learning reading, writing, math, history, and science from 1st grade all the way through high school. Forget evolving to philosophy, sociology, psychology, and religious studies. If the students want to learn these, they can be electives, but not the main curriculum.

    Quote Originally Posted by JOEBIALEK
    Athletic activity would be strictly confined to cardio vascular exercises and all sports would be eliminated.
    What would be the point of this?

    Quote Originally Posted by JOEBIALEK
    Those not continuing on to college would enter some type of apprenticeship training for the purpose of learning a trade.
    This sounds too much like socialism to me. We'll decide what job you will have.

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