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Old October 5th, 2009, 01:15 AM   #1
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It appears to me that there are two categories of educational techniques. One focuses on creating graduates with large databases and the other focuses on the individual creativity of its graduates.



The US system concentrates on large databases and ignores (I think not accidentally) individual creativity.



The graduates of US education are great producers and consumers and almost totally without individual creative capability. Our economic system thrives on a policy of habit, pattern and routine. The workplace wants action and not time consuming thought. Thought must be of the kind that can quickly choose between ‘True and False’ or ‘A, B or C’. Thought should be "curtailed to a minimum"; quick action must be "accentuated to a maximum". Any action delayed by excessive thought is to be discouraged. All thought beyond "T or F and A, B or C" is excessive.



The workplace, primarily the large corporation, needs expert specialists with finely detailed pattern recognition. The most valuable employee, at any single moment, is one with a readily available menu of routines who can--after recognizing the problem pattern—quickly choose the routine that will immediately reengage the wheels of production.



Our college graduates are primed for pattern recognition and choosing routines. If the workplace detects a situation wherein the available routines are inadequate quick action is demanded to correct that situation. Our workplaces are designed to accommodate workers who follow detected patterns with honed routines. The workplace must maximize routine and minimize the need for any thought outside that which is carefully calibrated by routine. The most efficient workplace functions like a military force wherein all actions are made in response to codified routine. Even when the need arrives to replace an ongoing routine with another, this action too, is codified.



We think of the private entrepreneur as a very creative thinker who wins because of a quick and creative brain. I suspect there is some degree of truth in this assumption but it is a very small factor for success. Someone said ‘success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration’. The major element of success results from correct business pattern recognition; followed by well-honed business routines that makes success a possibility. Luck then determines who succeeds or fails. Bruit force capitalization, I suspect, is also a big factor. Bill Gates and many others attempted to develop software in the early days of the hi-tech boom. One or another of these entrepreneurs would succeed magnificently. Gates happened to be the one.



So, when all our citizens are educated to be successful in the world of ‘produce and consume’, what citizen is prepared to make good judgement in life when faced with problems with no pattern and no routines?



I have more than 16 years of formal education. Within the American lexicon I would, I think, be considered "well educated". In my opinion, our standard college degree does not advance our education but very little. I think that it advances our training a great deal. I think this college degree prepares us for our life as a producer and consumer and does little positive to advance our ability to be what I consider to be a "good and wise citizen".

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creativity? in an american public school? lol
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The government does nto fund education, they are funding a school system.

There is a difference.
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Old March 4th, 2013, 04:38 PM   #5
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It seems that critical thinking and challenging paradigms does not further the wishes of Big Teach.

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If you think the GI Bill was a Great Educational program...

Then you must support a Voucher system

the GI Bill allowed Veterans to choose a State School example University of TN at Martin, a Religioius School Notre Dame, or a Private School Vanderbilt.

it was an EDUCATION BILL, not a Schools system bill.
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Education needs to focus on keeping "the wolf from the door" rather than Billy has two mommies.
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Education in America, needs to start in the home, unfortunately a real home is what is lacking in more and more areas of the US. A child needs a father and a mother, to understand the roles men and women play in a stable successful society. I'm not saying a single parent family can't succeed in teaching good moral values, courage, or fortitude; just that it's much easier if a child has examples of a good man and a good woman to emulate.
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US public schools are not about education, they are first about keeping teachers employed in jobs you need a team of lawyers to fire one. and second about dumbing the population down enough so they will keep voting for demoncrats.
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U.S. public schools are the envy of the world.
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