- What are the roots of our school-related habits and dated curriculum?
- What if sports where ran like education? Can you imagine preparing for a football game, and you get to another school and the field is actually the size of a soccer field? (Her point is that all states have different curriculum, yet we try to compare them)
- Do kids feel like they are entering time machines when they enter our schools?
There was much debate! The core of the debate centered around the following:
- Should schools focus on memorization or critical thinking?
- Should schools group students into college-bound and working-trades?
- Should there be standardized courses all students must take?
- Should schools focus on teaching Latin and Greek OR more practical studies?
- How should schools assess their accomplishments?
- All students need the same curriculum.
- School calendars will be based on the Agrarian calendar (180 days)
- Schooling would take place over 12 years (8 Elementary and 4 High School).
- English, history, civics, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics would be the focus.
My question to you is this: how many of those same questions are we still asking ourselves today? Is our curriculum meeting the needs of our students for their future? Finally, knowing our current standards of how a school is ran was designed a century ago, what will it take to move forward for the betterment of future generations of students?