View Poll Results: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

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  • To teach students a core curriculum (e.g. basic math, reading, science, history)

    28 63.64%
  • To teach students useful life skills (e.g. health, sex education, work ethic, personal finance)

    4 9.09%
  • To enable students to find jobs after they’re done with their education

    2 4.55%
  • To produce students that can outscore other nations on exams

    1 2.27%
  • To instill moral and/or religious values in students

    0 0%
  • To instill patriotism and/or good citizenship in students

    1 2.27%
  • To help students lead happy lives

    1 2.27%
  • To keep minors busy so they don’t get into trouble

    0 0%
  • To identify the students most likely to become future leaders

    0 0%
  • Other (please specify)

    7 15.91%
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    I agree. I was thinking middle school can be done away with. Make elementary 1st through 6th instead of 1st through 5th. Then after elementary straight to high school. They'd graduae at about age 16 which is my proposal for the new age of majority.
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Really they should be in school much longer if you did it that way Johnny. Would do it like the Japanese or Germans do it if you went your route.

    Also I skimmed and saw someone say something about school uniforms, school uniforms are there for a few reasons, one as a way to stay orderly and not have to worry about "oh this kid is wearing that" type deal, and also if a kid skips out of class and is caught running around outside the school with a uniform then hmm I wonder where that kid just got out of but naw I never wore a uniform though, just what I figured they were for.
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    To teach students a core curriculum (e.g. basic math, reading, science, history)
    To teach students useful life skills (e.g. health, sex education, work ethic, personal finance)
    To enable students to find jobs after they’re done with their education
    To instill patriotism and/or good citizenship in students
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberhwk View Post
    Your "instilling patriotism" sounds an awful lot like "political indoctrination." I'm sure you'd be right pissed if if some Berkeley liberal taught your kids, "The love of equality, personal rights (including abortion), moderation, collectivism, and tolerance."

    In the words of Joe Friday, "Just the facts mam." Politics doesn't belong in schools.
    There is nothing wrong with instilling patriotism in America's youth in the classroom. Benevolent indoctrination regarding our Democratic Republican virtues is a benefit for our society.
    Last edited by Fiddytree; 08-17-10 at 12:38 AM.
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    I have often felt that if our system would drop many of the courses and curriculum I see as unnecessary we could have all the basics taught by grade 6. From there we could move on to teaching them more specific fields that are of interest to the child (much like collage). Instead we try a very broad approach to try and insure that a student has some knowledge in fields that child has no interest in pursuing and will likely never use.
    What would you drop? As I see it, most knowledge you learn has some practical reason its taught
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Should our education system show what percentages of a population of an entire continent does not believe what is being written in history?

    For example over 38% ...well over 1 out of 3 Americans polled do not believe the "official story" spoonfed to the public about 9/11 and subsequently written in history books.....will the over 38% of Americans who believe the "official story" is a lie be recognized in the history books?

    How about in Canada where over 1/3 of Canadians polled think the U.S. concocted 9/11....will those numbers be in future history books?

    How about well documented and verifyable quotes from many prominent people all over the world saying disturbing things about the U.S.
    and how they believe the U.S. government concocted 9/11 just like the Nazi Political Party Concocted the fake attack on their own government building in Germany for many parallel reasons?
    Last edited by creativedreams; 08-17-10 at 05:27 AM.

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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Quote Originally Posted by creativedreams View Post
    Should our education system show what percentages of a population of an entire continent does not believe what is being written in history?

    For example over 38% ...well over 1 out of 3 Americans polled do not believe the "official story" spoonfed to the public about 9/11 and subsequently written in history books.....will the over 38% of Americans who believe the "official story" is a lie be recognized in the history books?

    How about in Canada where over 1/3 of Canadians polled think the U.S. concocted 9/11....will those numbers be in future history books?

    How about well documented and verifyable quotes from many prominent people all over the world saying disturbing things about the U.S.
    and how they believe the U.S. government concocted 9/11 just like the Nazi Political Party Concocted the fake attack on their own government building in Germany for many parallel reasons?
    You have an entire forum for this, please keep it there.
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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Quote Originally Posted by the makeout hobo View Post
    What would you drop? As I see it, most knowledge you learn has some practical reason its taught
    I am talking the basics. Once the basics have been taught students could learn more in the field of their choice. Some that I would drop from basics (just to list a few).

    Advanced mathmatics example, calculus, trigonometry, Algebra.

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    Chemestry

    Not many people use any of these subjects in there daily lives. If you want to enter a field that requires these, then they can be taught.

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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    What sort of poll excludes the single most important answer from it's list of possibles? Not having read the thread, I have no idea if was suggested later or not. Any "education" that doesn't have teaching a good critical thinking process, is worthless.

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    Re: What should be the primary purpose of our education system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    I am talking the basics. Once the basics have been taught students could learn more in the field of their choice. Some that I would drop from basics (just to list a few).

    Advanced mathmatics example, calculus, trigonometry, Algebra.

    Sports programs

    Music

    Chemestry

    Not many people use any of these subjects in there daily lives. If you want to enter a field that requires these, then they can be taught.
    Anymore, algebra and trig are basic math. First, trig is easy, there are only a few formulas to memorize and that is it. Basic Algebra, like the first year, is essential, and easy.
    Advanced algebra, geometry, and calculus should be available for those college bound and wanting to major in science, math, engineering, etc., but not required for everyone.
    I have had several different highly technical jobs, and first year algebra and trig were more than sufficient. They made me take geometry and calculus, but once out of school, I never used them. Most engineers will say the same thing, actually.
    First year chemistry, biology, and physics are good to know as well. Those kinds of classes are given/taken to introduce the student to subjects they might just take a liking to....
    Along with dropping some subjects, others should be added. A good VoTech program should start in High School, then continued on in Trade School....
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