Do you think the way education is presented should be changed? When children are young we tell them that if they work hard enough that they can be anything they want to be. Although it sounds good and is a feel good statement, it simply isnt true.
I think that children don’t believe that it’s true either, and I think that’s the problem.
No 13 yr old knows whether or not he wants to be an electrician. There might be 1 in a million that really enjoys playing with and building circuits - but who is to say whether he becomes an electrician or an electrical engineer?
The only reason some 13 yr old would consider picking a career path at that age (which is different from a field of interest) is if he was influenced by some disillusioned adults.
I agree that our education system isn’t great - but forcing some naive kid who spends the majority of his time worrying about whether or not his pimple will go away before the 8th grade social to pick his lot in life is not a solution.
There could be more useful classes for sure - like how business works in the real world, how to be an effective communicator, how to sell things (both to the masses and other businesses), how marketing works in the real world, and part of these classes could have a real world component. But if ways to actually get ahead were taught in school, who would the movers and shakers move and shake?
I wouldnt say forcing them to choose something. I was thinking that at the beginning of high school they take a test and according to the results of this test they are given a list of occupations that they may probably do well in and with the help of a career counselor make an informed choice on what they would focus on.
I think by high school you (or a professional) can tell whether a kid has the mind of a factory worker or a doctor.
Meh, all students should be required to pass Algebra, Geometry, English, Literature, Physical Science, Chemistry, Biology, Citizenship, Economics, and Social Studies to earn a diploma regardless if they want a “college prep” or “vocational” diploma. There are certain things that ALL students need to know. This leaves half of their day to either take classes required for their particular program of choice. I think all students should take mandatory core classes their freshman year, then after that they may decide which diploma they would like to earn.[/quote]
Replace Social Studies with Philosophy and you have yourself a well rounded education.