Comprehensive training in logic and rhetoric. Foreign languages from birth. Math would be taught completely differently. Science would be taught a bit differently and the emphasis would be on the method and not the area of focus. There would be no focused history or civics. There would simply be a timeline of earths history taught in modules that explore all the cultures. Art, music, and life skills would absolutely be mandatory. Physical education would be a class in nutrition and a martial art. School would begin later in the day and carry on until the standard close of business. Books would be in digital form and updated frequently. Teachers would be paid better than prison guards or politicians and would have free tuition to all their classes and continuing education courses which would be mandatory. There would be no standardized testing.
I have many ideas.
Interesting ideas…So I would suggest getting rid of sport…
I disagree. But I think deemphasizing it is critical. It’s a game that requires skill and sportsmanship, team strategy. That’s fine, but they aren’t celebrities and they don’t play if they have behavioral issues.
If a child is bad at sports, it is very difficult to have friends in grade school…It is a pretty shameful thing, therefore I am not too eager to advocate for sports as a subject. For all other subjects…you don´t have to prove every time that you are not good at it. In sports, there is no other way.
I didn’t say it would be a class in my hypothetical school. I said it would be an extracurricular. But so would theater, and any other activity the children think worthy of an audience.
Consider this: some people do not have the ability to show themselves exceptional through studies. Everyone has different aptitudes, and some students are tactile or kinesthetic learners, which means they will learn much more fluidly with physical activity. You cannot legislate the experience of others based on your own discomfort.
Physicality should be a part of the learning experience, but it should be that for the people who benefit from it. So what I’m advocating, is actually a shift from the “everyone should do this to be well-rounded” to “give it a shot, and if you display aptitude, feel free to carry-on”