Providing a reasonable variety of experiences for children should be the shared
responsibility of teachers and parents. However, our current education system
works against this. Many enrichment programs ( such as music) have been axed
from schools due to lack of funding. Even in-school enrichment has largely been
removed in order to accommodate the onerous, time-consuming testing requirements
and focus on school grading.
Too much time wasted on standardized testing and common core math.No
wonder other countries make batter cars than we do.
As much as I like Donald and Lynn, I can't totally go along with them on
this.Steven needs math, history, English, and science -- as well as
music -- because we all do, regardless of what we end up doing in this life. Shakespeare wrote plays, but he couldn't have done it without a
remarkable education in history, science, theology, philosophy, music, and the
mathematics of his time. If he'd studied only drama, his achievement would
have been thin indeed.
How do we know a 14-yr old musician will never use math? Does someone have a
crystal ball that tells what his occupation will be in 20 years?I
hated math and wasn't very good at it. Then I spent 21 years in a
profession where I used algebra and geometry almost every day.Kids
need variety in their education (including the arts) but that should not come at
the expense of other subjects like math, science, and history.
What politics do you mean and what are the basics?
The basics are important. Maths, the construct of written and spoken language,
and the sciences. Variety helps, various arts are nice to have. Development of
critical thinking skills is crucial, philosophy and debate are great things to
pick up in school. But we're not big on funding education, are we? It
would be nice if we could do better.
Variety of exposure and experience is key!
The public school system is nothing more than an indoctrination system. We need
to get politics out of our education system and return to the basics.