Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:Actually I think parents can teach their children all they need to learn. In a 'perfect world' there's no need for schools. It's because 'modern society' wants adult people to earn money and to work away from home that schools are needed (parents do not have the time for educating their children).
The most important thing children need to learn (in my opinion) is how to interact / communicate with others (humans, animals, the natural world). And then they need to learn to read, so they can read all that's written on everything they need to learn more ...
Math is important too, because whatever you want to make, you need to do calculations.
I agree that there is no need for schools, at least how they are now. I think they are used to indoctrinate children to think that they need careers, to unquestionably follow orders, need to fall into debt, need to go to a university, to be blindly patriotic, ect... How would they tax us for 40+years if a larger portion of society was more self reliant, perhaps only working part time jobs. Sorry this is probably too political because this is not in the cider press, Im probably just making more work for the great staff.
I would like to see critical thinking emphasized. How to do good research would be a good subject to hit upon because education is a lifelong process, we learn as we want to know something. I would love to see emphasis on the scientific method, the 'science' is never settled. With these three things and basic reading, math, grammar, ect... would set people up for a successful life no matter what path they choose.
Many of the things in this thread would be great to have as an option for the children to learn, if they choose. I would like to see more real life skills that are elective. If I have no interest in gardening, perhaps I would like to take a class on small engine repair or welding.