There is a problem in education; too many people that come out of high school have no or little skills that can be used right away. By doing this the burden to educate the children lies on the parent whom had to pay taxes to educate their kids in the first place. So, what is truly wrong with are education system. There are many problems, all of which could solve with some outside the box thinking.
Now the problem in the education is not only in the system itself, it is the basic information that is necessary for one to graduate high school. Most of what we learn in high school has nothing to do with life. Real life is far different then that of an education social club. Schools play more into teaching kids more about information most students will never learn when they get out of school. This is why we have so many students drop out in schools, they feel it is a waste of time and that real life is easier then learning all that information.
In many cases the students that drop out of High School excel outside of the social net work that has been built in schools. They learn real life, when people work in a job and have worked there for along time they know most of the ins and outs of that kind of job. The one thing working people hate the most is a college kid with all that information in his head. They don't usually know what they are doing or what they are talking about.
Relying on a paragraph of protocol will not help you implement that paragraph. Most of all you need to know is how people work. No matter what you study no matter how much studying you do you at the end of that entire studying have to deal with people. It is easy to deal with numbers and wording but they usually don't talk back and are written by people that have no experience besides the education scene. The old saying "Those you can't do teach" that is true. Which is not always the case; there are great teachers out there that have the experience to back up their claims.
The education system needs re-tooling; the educational system would excel greatly if the requirements where cleared from the High School level. The proposal is simple, at that end of the 8th grade and start of 9th grade the focus of study changes greatly. The focus on a skill rather then a study, by the time students get to High School they begin to have a understanding of what they want to accomplish in life. They start to figure out what they want to do, and if they don't know what they want to be they must have a hobby they enjoy doing.
The focus changes from learning information to learning a skill, they pick something that they want to learn. We as tax payers have to pay into the education system, so why not get something out of what we pay into. It has to be something that they can apply to the job market in the range of careers. So they begin to learn a skill with only none or little off the topic lessons. I feel that Math and Literature are useful, but most students don't think about doing anything like that. If they do want to do that kind of study they focus on it and it is shown in the grades prior to High School. These are the exceptions, the kids that want to learn that information because they have a passion for it. What I should point out is that this is a start to the study of a skill; if they would wish to explore it further outside of High School they still have the option of going to college. College would be the same way but teaching a little more of the math skills necessary for living in their chosen fields.
Most students feel that they have no useful skills and that the best they can do is work at burger king. But what if since the kid is going to work at burger king anyway why not teach him the skills necessary to that job. Teach him business lay outs, how to run a franchise, how to schedule, and how to know over all operation of the corporation. This way at the end or even, a couple years in he would know the skills to do something more then take change or mop the floor. Companies would love this because they have the skills already, no training required.
What if I had a skill that I wanted at the start but have changed my mind on the career I want to follow. The term is at least 4 years, you could learn a skill up to four years, but that is not the requirement. Once a student has learned the skill he or she needs to know he or she is free to graduate school. This responsibility is on the teacher of that skill more then the student's confidence of the skill. If you want to switch then switch you area of study; it is just that simple.
"I want to be a Doctor" now this is a serous matter, if you want to be a doctor you have to have the focus. One student can't join the class and goof off and think that he is going to stay in the class. On some of the major careers there has to be a agreement at the start of the course, if none of those are followed or even just one of them isn't followed they will be kick out. The agreement goes for most of the high endeavor areas of study. All you would do is study books and prepare for med school. This way a future doctor would come into the career faster then waiting for 8 years. Just learning the information and learning how to diagnosis illness would cut almost 2-3 years off a persons college studies in medicine; maybe more.
"I have no skills I will probably be a stripper…ha-ha" no need to be ignorant to know that some students chose strange careers. If someone knows that they will be doing this, you have to honor it. Even though it is subject to change and hope it does, sometimes it doesn't change. But, how can we protect people like this from being taken advantage of her or his career? Teach them how to work Strip clubs, teach them how to do most of the business of a strip club. Teach them how to run a club rather then just let them dance in one. For this very reason is why there is a requirement that says that you have to stay in school for at least 3 years. Not just for the sack of being young, but also to give students time to really think about the skill they want to learn.
Like I said before this will give them a skill to learn, so at the end of High School they would be able to step in to a job. "What if I want to go to College" well with grants, scholarships, and your own money from working at a higher paying job; one that would be more then what you would start out with right out of High School. Having skill and an ability to get a career right out of high school you would be able to pay most of your college expense yourself. This would save more money for the parents and leave them the option to start saving up for retirement.
Now that you're out of High School and you choice to go for the career studied in high school by a teacher top in his or her field. A teacher who has had experience in the career they teach. This is where the benefits for school and teachers kicks in, What if a student decides to us the information and work on the career taught to them in High School? Then a small percentage of their check goes to both to the school and the teacher. The rates depended on the career and the size of the students pay check. So you could see how this would work, the student would pay for the education he received from his teacher and school. But, since the percentage is so small they wouldn't mind paying for the training. With the teachers it would make them compete to teach their kids the best they can. For every student they teach that goes on to that career he or she will get a small amount of their paycheck.
After the generations learn and pay into their schools, taxes would no longer be needed and the teachers would be paid well and would high quality instructors. It would be a no brainier tax, it would pay into it. If you go to college and learn how to do something else, then you would pay a tax to the college rather then or High School. If you don't use anything like this then you would pay the same. But, if you really think about it the money is all the same. There is just a difference to where the money goes. There is one to the high school, College, and one to the state to fund other educational programs. So everyone pays into the system it is just who pays what. Another advantage this would give retirees something to do, to teach a skill they have been working their whole lives.
This plan would work wonders on a lot of the areas we have trouble with education. Let the students decided what they want to do with their lives not the politicians.
By Jon R. Portrey