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Fixing the School System (satire)

I really wish more parents would enrich their children's lives from an early age, rather than just being dual-income.

My reason is, the more involved parents are in children's lives, the less likely they will become criminals or a psychopathic killer.

People then will point to Adam Lanza, whose mom was involved in his life a lot.

IDK. His mom was a gun nut, which means she was raising his stress by exposing him to survivalist rhetoric.

I'm sure that explains him shooting up a school after killing his mom.

All Sandy Hook proves is America's public education system has its priorities backwards.

We're supposed to raise kids to be non-violent and able to handle life's problems.

All the public education system does is manufacture compliancy so that they can become academically inclined.

At least until the ones not ready for postsecondary drop out of college.

Yet, until the public education system teaches children how to think critically, they don't have a chance in college.

Because the smart ones learn how to study.

Everyone else is just winging it.

Until the teacher colleges teach teachers how to teach kids through dialog, America is not going to be top notch in the sciences and math.

However, the Socratic method only teaches kids that they don't know anything at all. It's only good for teaching humility to kids along with critical thinking.

Science and math could be interesting if a teacher actually turned a science or math lesson into a discussion rather than the usual facts and numbers.

Children are not blank slates. By the time they reach age 6, they are made in their parents' image. All their habits are determine where their parents are financially and socially.

Yet public education needs to be reformed and there ought to be a democracy among the students from Grade One.

None of this molly coddling of kids saying "young children aren't ready for politics".

Students and teachers should determine what is taught for the day. Not just the teacher. Thus, the Grade 7 students can help with the teaching of Grade One kids, because they've been there.

This will reduce the 30 kids per class syndrome that leads to school dropouts by grade 10.

Teachers say that 30 kids per class is not helpful for slow learners.

Okay then, use Grade 7 students to help slow learners.

Use Grade 12 students to help grade 10 students.

In short, the older students are there to support the younger students and the ones falling behind.

That will compensate for the 30 students per teacher problem.

However, the only school I know that does something like this isn't in the public education system.

I'm sure the Waldorf system is like this, and Montesorri gets close to it.

However Waldorf is a private school and Montesorri does not work on school age kids.

Overall, school is where older children help with teaching younger children. If a school isn't doing so, then it is because of rules that separate them into classes. That isn't democratic. That's why there are dropouts.

I know that my suggestions are not perfect but they do work.

Another suggestion that rather than penalizing a student who is so into animé that she never gets her assignments in on time, that teachers instead ask for an essay on their favorite animé. However, the catch is, the student must reference every Youtube by URL and every article she uses. In this way, her research for the essay is proven.

As long as teachers don't get the students who are otaku, those students will end up barely graduating from high school.

Eventually we'll end up with illiterate otaku who don't do maths and sciences, but are wonderful artists.

So the public education system should come up with the cash to pay an animé or manga artist to teach these kids to draw and animate. Otherwise, we'll lose their creativity.

Anyway I'm done with my suggestions.

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