Friday, March 14, 2014

The Digital Age

Here are some more ideas on education for the digital age:
* K-3 should focus on developing basic reading, writing, math, and creativity skills with the introduction and increasing use of computing devices (which one does not matter since using the internet and the "cloud" is what's important).
* 4-6 should introduce the use of a computing device full time. Work should continue on reading, writing, math, and creativity with the introduction of science, social science, and the arts.
* 7-8 should focus on more advanced use of computing devices, the internet, the cloud, and specific online applications. Reading, writing, and math should begin to be more focused and advanced. There should also be an introduction to foreign languages, performing arts, and fine arts.
* 9-12 should help define a path for employment or academics. Computing devices should be ubiquitous and everything should be mainly online (even if attending physically). More and more of the day should be self directed. There should be advanced classes in performing arts, fine arts, vocational training, science, math, languages, specific digital applications, and computing.
* By the end of grade 12 graduates should be fully able to function in the digital age and be prepared to go into the workforce, move on to specific vocational training, or move on to a college or university.
Some others things education should do are:
* Drop physical education and sports (these should be handled by the private sector, as much of it already is).
* Drop poor performing students from the public school system if they do not perform at a satisfactory level after grade 8 (public education should be an earned privilege and those who choose not to perform at a satisfactory level should have to pay for their own education).
* Drop students who demonstrate they do not want to be in school by their poor behavior, criminal activity, or poor attendance (public education should be an earned privilege and those who choose not to behave or attend at a satisfactory level should have to pay for their own education).
* School vouchers should be available to all students so that they can attend the best schools possible no matter what their income level (the amount of the voucher should be dependent on the income of the family).

Now that is a lot to think about! What do you think?