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PostSubject: Education reform   Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:05 am

I am a proponent of teaching in the school systems how to think more rationally, with less cognitive distortions as well as distortions in the very use of our language. It seems to be a neglected and overlooked science much to the detriment of our society.

If we do not teach our children how to think rationally and with cognitive discipline then how can we blame society or others or even them. We condemn them to the prison systems or label them as mentally ill or drunks when we did not take proactive action in their formative years. It is unfanthonable, the level of our ignorance. We need to wake up.

People it is us, we ourselves who do not demand social change and social restructuring in our school systems that are to blame for societal ills. I so not know why it is not done now. Perhaps it is a lack of knowledge as well as complete lack in understanding of the long term dynamics. Maybe we do not wish to spend the money in the right areas.
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PostSubject: Re: Education reform   Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:50 am

I watched an interesting documentary the other night. They were teaching grade school children how to function democratically . In the opinion of the documentary, the skills needed to get through the process are not natural, but learned. The show was called " Struggle for Democracy". Very interesting. I agree wholeheartedly about how important what we teach our children truly is regarding our future.

How do you combat the school system in such a way as to further little gems like this 'democracy in the classroom' one within the larger framework of ineptitude. How do you really get it out there? Of course, my first thought is to build new schools, an alternative to mainstream education but still free for public use. Big thought, already happening though through many other venues. Right now, well, over the last 2 years, slowly but surely, I am learning how to create curriculum and the laws associated with it. How to really effect mainstream curriculum.
How to develop a 'not-for-profit' education venue that encompasses both a rewrite division for public curriculum and an institute for higher learning regarding green innovations, physics and trades along with a center for social/political idea/concept development.

It does not surprise me to see you work with children. I bet you are very good at it.

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PostSubject: Re: Education reform   Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:33 am

Have you heard of the term "STEM Education"? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. Sometimes a second "M" is added for medicine. This is the term used by educators and others who recognize the need to improve education in these fields. Part of this is a recognition that these fields are interdisciplinary, that it is artificial to try to teach one independent of the others. Part of it is the desire to make teaching in these subjects more inquiry-based. In other words, instead of the teacher lecturing and just telling the students information, the students discover it for themselves through loosely guided exploration. They may be given a task to perform, or a problem to solve, or a general area to observe. Work is often done in groups, with groups and individual students sharing their results with others along the way.

While this effort is focused on STEM subjects, the kind of problem solving and critical thinking skills developed during the best STEM lessons are essential for all aspects of education, indeed just for living life. Democracy will fail if the electorate is mis- or uninformed, or easily duped by outright deceit. Voters must be able to think about what they hear, to ask the right questions, and to analyze answers critically. Otherwise it is almost impossible to hold elected officials accountable.

I have for years been a volunteer both for the STEM education effort as well as for the League of Women Voters. The goal of the LWV is an informed, empowered electorate. The connection here has thus long been apparent to me. The combination of critical thinking and collaborative work must form a backbone to support everything else we try to teach children.
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PostSubject: Re: Education reform   Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:20 pm

I'm looking....sounds very interesting Romana. Glad to see you here I love you
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