Summary of the article: "We need to tune our school system to churn out more
automata who are better qualified to serve the Global Economy." Sounds like a good recipe for happy, self fulfilled adults, Right? Hey,
let's get programmed to lubricate an emergent system dictated by an
invisible hand! Yep. Sign me right up for that. I hope that my kids, when
they've grown old and look back on their lives, will tell their own
children, "Yeah, I'm happy that I was such an efficient cog in the
Global Economy. I'm ready to die now, a whole and fulfilled human
being." Looks like we've got our sights set on the True
Meaning of Education. You know, the education that goes, "Cha-Ching!!!"
Let's go throw some money at it.(P.S. I really think the
economy ought to be for people and not the other way 'round. Just
This new plan will eventually remove all local control of schools. It
doesn't matter how much you pay teachers or respect them if the text books
and what they are taught are skewed and your children are taught principles that
are contrary to America's Founding Fathers and 'history' is
written from UN standards. Text books are currently being edited to fit this
'new plan'. Read your children's text books. All of them. How
are math problems, English sentence practice, etc. being used to teach your
children new political ideas. Ask questions about the next levels of this new
plan. What input will local schools and parents have in their schools? None.
It will be from global, international sources.
The Newtown tragedy showed America, at least some Utahns for a few days, that
teachers will do anything for their children, even lay down their own lives.
Maybe we need to get off their case and get them some money. I mean to be a
babysitter, life counselor, teacher, psychologist, social worker and even body
guard probably deserves a bit more. Just sayin...
To Ultra Bob...I hope your model gets implemented before the Utah
Legislature outlaws Humanities, Social Sciences, & the Arts thereby making
it impossible for education to get back to its true purpose as you stated.
Hmmm? About half our people on welfare, high unemployment, and half our college
graduates are Asian,---yet we spend more money on education then any society in
history.How's those standardized tests coming along?
The writer of this article like so many sincere, well-meaning people,e is
looking to find an answer to America’s educational disaster. What we need
is to return to the old model of locally controlled education. The ‘new
model’ is called the Common Core Curriculum. To learn more about this new
program, do your own research. You may be interested in Utahans Against Common
Core or Truth In American Education Stop Common Core u-tube series. It is
actually not new because it has been created piece by piece by several US
Presidents from both political parties. Research and read more on the Common
Core Curriculum and its global origins.
@ cjb "My advice? Abolish the education degrees, instead require
teachers to major in something else"That would work for HS &
possibly junior high teachers but not for elementary school teachers. However,
my HS physics teacher had a psychology degree but would have been a great
This rhetoric has been going on for decades.* education needs to be
simplified* less micro-managing of teachers, and curriculumOn
the road to education, get rid of the speed bumps.
The statement: “We need a new model for education that will prepare us to
compete in the global economy”, is obviously a statement and sentiment of
business. Our main lack of competition in in workers wages. Not Education.
Perhaps the new model for education would by one that conditions workers to work
for less money. The fact is that there are foreign people of every education
level and skill ready willing and knocking at the door for American jobs. At
lower wages than Americans need. For myself, I will continue to
press for a new business model. One that serves the public, as it is intended
to do, and one that provides all segments of our people with the ability to
share in the bounty of civilization. Education might then go back to it’s
real purpose of teaching people how to learn so that they can face any obstacle
as they search the world, and not just be indoctrinated on how to be good
The education community has lost their way, and worse they are stubborn
and will not listen to peopleplead with them to go back to the tried and
truethat have served us well in the past.One root problem is
that although educatorshave university degrees, they are not well
educatedpeople. They take far too many education classesof dubious
value, instead of some other degree many of which do provide real
education.My advice? Abolish the education degrees, insteadrequire teachers to major in something else, almostanything else. Then
have take a one semesterclass on teaching.Once this is
implemented, we also need to paythem more.
This is a long article full of hot air which offers little in specifics. Also,
completely incorrect. We aren't throwing a lot of money away in education.
In fact, we aren't investing at all. With our dead last per-pupil funding
we could really help ourselves by throwing more money... ANY money... At
education.We need to finally invest into education!