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Reply to "College "Education" Is BS"

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Originally posted by Shango67:
I worked with East Harlem Block Schools as the Director of Community Literacy and I am a staff developer with Educator's for Social Responsibility (ESR).


Great! I'm always appreciative of people who not only acknowledge problems in our educational system, but are also working towards solving those problems, whatever they may be. Ultimately, all of us know that the "educational system" is wrought with problems. Antiquated teaching methods based on an industrialized education model is just ONE of them. However, the question is what are you doing and what have you done to address what you perceive to be a problem. To be honest, I'm ready for whatever major, minor, or gradual changes in the educational system that people feel are necessary. Insofar as students and teachers are expected to excel and do their best, it doesn't matter to me.

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The Kansas City Model for African centered schools is another source showing how reform.


I think charter schools, magnet programs, gendered schools, ethnocentric schools, and the like are great alternatives to traditional schools IF the student is academically excelling in that environment. The only issue that I have with alternative schools is that in some cases (emphasis on some), parents place their children in alternative programs as a way to prolong addressing deeper, underlying issues (e.g., lack of discipline, poor parenting, absentee father, sexual and/or physical abuse, etc.). Now a parent can unfortunately play "musical schools" with a child for his or her entire academic career, but at some point, the child is going to have to face the reality that every academic environment cannot be individually structured around his or her personal issues and needs--that's what homeschooling is for. Ultimately, the world is not going to coddle and cater to your child once he or she is promoted from school. Therefore, some self and academic discipline is necessary if the child is going to be successful in ANY academic environment. It is imperative that when placing a student that parents be mindful of the difference between making accommodations and making excuses. More importantly, if a child is having serious academic, emotional and/or behavioral problems, rather than enrolling the student in and out of various programs, alienate the source the child's dilemma and work towards solving it so that the child can remain focused on his or her academic studies.

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Also, in addition to African centered schools, we need to move away from the idea that "education" has to happen in a school. We need to support alternative systems of learning.


I totally agree, and this responsibility to provide supplemental education in addition to the general education the child receives at school falls upon parents. Parents (and the general public) should release themselves from the notion that everything you need to know in order to be accomplished in this world should be attained from a teacher at school. Teacher-dependency is another problem in our schools. Not enough students are encouraged to be independent learners and thinkers. They expect every lesson to fed to them, literally. It is not a school's responsibility, however, to shape your child's political views or to inform your child as to why "Black men" are considered "obsolete" and "dangerous." Some of this "information" will have to be retreived outside of the academic environment. Lastly, education may not have to happen at school, but many college institutions still require students to have a highschool diploma in addition to passing SAT scores; therefore, students will not be accepted into their college institutions of choice unless they come prepared with basic skills.

Something about me, I've never been a wishful or idealistic thinker, I like to deal with reality. And there is no chance that the US is going to simply shut down entire schools systems. Needless to say mandatory schooling is here to stay. So let's come up with solutions that have root in reality.
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