Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 11, 2012, 9:03 p.m. EST by Nanook
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Education in the modern world, like so many other institutions, has gone totally awry. We have to STOP the Race to Nowhere (www.racetonowhere.com ). We have to recognize that the push for national standards is politically driven and scientifically unfounded. Everywhere we turn we hear the STEM education propaganda: America's future depends on more Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We need more CREATIVITY! So, we must FORCE ALL of our students to achieve standardized grades in these subjects.
The truth is, world society has been turned into slaves to line the pockets of the executives in the military, industrial, educational, and Wall Street complex.
The secondary schools teach to the FCAT scores, supposedly to drive U.S. competitiveness and the GDP. ( These are code words that mean Wall Street profits. ). The universities are, of course, part of the game. Finding social breakthroughs to end poverty and improve everyone's standard of living are not important to them. They are playing the game of getting government grants. This means doing trivial research projects, to support the military and industry money machines, and to line the pockets of professors and administrators. For those colleges who don't do research, there is a new game in town. Anyone who wants to go to college can get a government loan, no matter how much it costs or what you study! Then, amazingly, if you can't find a job, even with your shinny new degree, and you go bankrupt, you NEVER GET OFF THE HOOK for this money! (What's next? Bring back the DEBTORS PRISONS?)
To solve the “education” problem, the world first has to solve the “jobs” problem (http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-jobs/). To solve the jobs problem, we have to solve the “quality of life” problem (http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-quality-of-life/). To solve the quality of life problem, we need to understand “society”, as a whole, from a SYSTEM perspective. Why? Because the world has become too COMPLEX to understand one part at a time. People, and all the world leaders, are in DENIAL about the complexity of the modern world.
But there's a deeper problem still. People are resistant to change even when presented with indisputable reasons to do so: like outright contradictions. For example, every day we hear, ‘Education is the KEY to U.S. competitiveness.’ Yet, people, government and industry, all resist providing sufficient funding for education. Why? Is it because they don't actually believe what they are preaching? I don't think so. I think it's simple: GREED. We all do think we need education. But we want someone else to pay for it. Notice! We're back to the SYSTEM problem.
In summary, part of the approach I’d take to solve the education problem is:
Pull industry and academic leaders together, with full public participation, and create a comprehensive, system based VISION, to simultaneously get us back to full employment while solving the country's Quality of Life problems ( poverty, crime, etc.).
Provide clear educational paths for both adults and kids to reach this full employment model. This is not just a list of jobs. It's paths! from cradle to grave. This does not mean forcing people along the paths. It just means the paths have to be there for those who want to follow them.
Determine and implement the most fare and cost effective approach to pay for it.
Please jump in below with your comments. A number of subtopics have been started to focus discussions. Here's a local index:
BASIC PRINCIPLES AND PROBLEMS OF EDUCATION http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-education/#comment-584969
EDUCATION - ONE SIZE FITS ALL http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-education/#comment-581993
FINANCING EDUCATION - STUDENT LOANS http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-education/#comment-581888
FINANCING EDUCATION - THE LARGER ISSUE http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-education/#comment-590377
JOBS - THE PROBLEM / CAREERS / LIFE PATHS http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-education/#comment-605226
SOCIAL LEADERSHIP - THE UNIVERSITIES http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-education/#comment-605229
(This post is part of a collection of posts aimed at launching a new process called the National Opinion Collection System (NOCS). For more information on the process, see http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-introduction/ )