This goes slightly off philosophy, but it's still at least intellectual discussion.
How do you all feel about American education? Why? Is it saveable?
I've watched this thread dive down the rabbit hole on and off and finally decided to sound off.
I don't think that the compilation of disciplines U.S. schools has implemented is flawed, as such. But in actuality it struggles; that its effectiveness wanes. Assuming this is true, that lack of effectiveness hasn't much to do with the curriculum per say, as it does other issues that bleed into the school when our kiddies walk through the doors
They bring baggage with them that is the result of our culture. Some of it is quite good (there are a good deal of parents out there who've taken great pains to mold independent, courteous and studious minds). But these aren't our focus (or, rather, not mine). My input has to do with the problems
manifest in our education system that are actually due to bad parenting, poor discipline (when and where needed, already discussed here) and most importantly, a lack of focus owing to the nature of rampant commodification
I blogged this particular aspect here
, but essentially my immediate claim is that the problems we DO have in schools are due, in large part, to the disconnected mindset spawned by consumerism run-amuck; its dark side is that it skews priorities and supplants slow and natural learning of the world with quick thrills, easy pills and flashy colors (thus leading to an abyss ultimately contrary to the health of a culture).
I hope this makes sense, although I love my country and people I believe our focus is so rampantly redirected through "Buy! Buy! Buy!" and their charms, that we lose our way - leading our children to follow suit and lose whatever intellectual inclinations they might have otherwise had.
I'm not sure I've done a good job at doing this aspect justice - but methinks it very important in the extent to which it negatively permeates all aspects of our society (not the least of which is our woes of our education system).