Ok, tell me with a straight face that forcing 5-21 year old kids to wake up at 6AM and be told to sit down and be quiet for 7 hours, while only able to interact with specific segregated groups of people in a world full of distractions is a smart environment for education and learning? Yeah, didn’t think you could do it.
The thing is, I believe public education should work more like college.
- You pick your schedule, so you wake up a time better suited to your own educational needs
- Besides a few classes like math and English, you choose your own classes and educate yourself on what you like doing.
- You are taught by people who actually know what they are talking about
- You are in no way forced into it, and can choose this kind of education if you desire
- the 12+ years of your life that you spend here actually mean something in the long run, and you won’t graduate into the same kinds of jobs you can get by dropping out and obtaining a GED.
In relation to all other forms of education in college and beyond, getting a high school diploma after 12 years of servitude is not an acceptable boost in income. No high school diploma? 470$ a week with high school diploma? 650 a week. Simply attending a single college class in your spare time you get an extra 80 dollars on average. 12 years of forced school? a 170 dollar increase for your time on average. 5 months of a single college class? 80 buck boost. You spend about the equivalent of 40 credit hours per week during school. The average length of a school year is 180 days, or about 26 weeks worth of school days. 26 weeks times 40 credit hours a week is 1040 credit hours a typical schoolyear. Times that by 12 (excluding Kindergarten and Preschool as well as any years skipped or failed) and you get about 12,000 credit hours in the course of your forced educational career to receive a 120 dollar weekly salary increase.
It only takes 4 years on full-time college hours to get a Bachelors degree. How many hours is full time in college? 12. They scarcely allow you to even study more than 12 credit hours a semester, or 12 hours in class a week, because they believe it will tire you out too much. During a typical semester, you are in class for 14-20 weeks (for sake of argument, I will say 20) and you only need to work 2 semesters out of a trimester to be able to earn the degree. that’s 40 weeks, but much less considering that many college students have 3 days off or more, depending on scheduling. To earn a Bachelors, you need a minimum of 120 credit hours. And earning a bachelors raises you from 650 weekly, to 1,100 weekly on average. Holy crap.
So it took you 12,000 mandatory hours in school, being bored and not learning much at all to get a 170 dollar increase on average. Then afterwords, you spend only 1% of that time in college classes, to almost double your entire salary after high school (450$ increase)? Sounds like High School Diplomas are a sham.
If the college system seems to work so much better economically as well as educationally, then why are we still using this age old system that is known not to work at all? In what ways are kids going to learn if they don’t even want to be in the place that is trying to force them to learn?
In all honesty, I think school should in no way be mandatory, I think it should be something that people should decide for themselves if they want to go. We live in a world where information is everywhere. Where we can educate ourselves on everything from math and science to programming and business from credible and reputable sources, if not being able to learn hands on. We have a vast array of books, the internet, the kindle, workshops, and even organizations that help with writing all spring up where public school has failed. We educate ourselves on a daily basis on stuff we are fervently interested in and overtly fascinated about, while we dismiss and forgot a grand majority of the stuff we only had to remember for tests.
So we should either abolish the public education system altogether, or reform it so drastically that it is almost incomparable to its predecessor. We need to learn. We need to educate ourselves. And we need to not let the public education system stand in the way of a good education.