Education . . . It Ain’t What It Used to Be
by Connie H. Deutsch
Dumb . . . Dumber . . . Dumbest!! These are the adjectives that ideal describe what the educational method in America has turn into.
Dumb is when teachers started teaching to tests as an alternative of teaching to educate. When they no longer cared about exposing youngsters to the wondrous globe of studying they only cared about receiving funding from the government primarily based on the school’s functionality of the standardized tests. Of course, today the teachers are not also effectively educated so it’s virtually a moot point. How can you teach anything you have not discovered or never know extremely properly?
Dumber is when we, in our infinite wisdom, decided that no youngster need to be left behind regardless of the fact that he couldn’t study, couldn’t grasp mathematics, could not identify his state on a map, and couldn’t bother handing in his homework assignments or attending classes. “Dumber” is that it’s far more essential for the student to really feel very good about himself than studying and studying.
Dumbest is where we are now. I’m still reeling over this latest instance of dumbness. How can we, once the leader in education, have sunk so low that even the ranking of “Dumbest” is getting as well magnanimous. I never shock easily but this news item has me virtually catatonic.
Virtually each and every state in this country has opted to drop teaching cursive writing from the curriculum. They claim that it is more essential for a child to understand how to sort simply because every little thing is now geared toward the pc and texting. They say that cursive writing is time-consuming and not as helpful as the keyboard skills that students will need for junior higher school and higher school.
I will not even go into the clear aspect that you discover much more efficiently when you write something in longhand than when you sort it on a keyboard. Your memory kicks in much more quickly when there is a correlation among your brain and your written word you recognize it far more simply, you commit it to memory much more very easily and you can access the info a lot more effortlessly. Ask any student from the old days when learning was the backbone of his social expertise, when his complete globe revolved about study partners, taking notes, and preparing for college.
Forget the tie-in to neuroscience that backs up this theory. The scientific community desires us to see the value of writing factors in longhand as opposed to keying it in on a typewriter. My factors are much far more standard.
In modern day society, we tend to be fascinated by the meaning of our dreams. Ask any individual who has ever attempted to keep in mind his dream how he managed it and much more usually than not, you will uncover that most individuals hold a pad and pencil by their bedside so that they can record it even though they still bear in mind it. With no knowing how to create, are these children, in later years, supposed to sleep with their laptop to record their dreams?
Several years ago, I had a dream exactly where I saw a stunning poem of many stanzas and in my sleep, I tried to remember the words. When I woke up, the only thing I remembered had been the last two lines. I wrote them down and place them away for future reference. I did nothing at all with what I had written down but the words played more than and more than in my thoughts for many years. And then one day, I turned on the radio and there was John Denver singing this captivating song and the final two lines of that song have been the very same two lines that I had written down and tucked away in my box of assorted notes. Needless to say, that song became an overnight hit.
I’m nonetheless attempting to envision future generations of physicians who want to prescribe medications to their individuals. Will they do this by thought transference to the pharmacist or texting it on their cell telephone? At least they will not have to be concerned about their legendary illegible handwriting.
And then there are the times that we all have when we need traveling directions and we’re standing on a street corner asking how we get someplace. I typically reach for my notepad and pen and write everything down. Even if I had my laptop with me, what if the battery gave out and I couldn’t plug in my adapter to a energy source? Or if you had been at a social occasion and wanted to give a person your phone quantity and itinerary and you didn’t know how to create and your pocket wasn’t big adequate to hold your palm pilot?
But I consider the greatest deterrent to not understanding cursive writing is that someday, perhaps in the not as well distant future, our electricity will fail us and there will not be any time for scientists to find an alternate source of electrical energy for us to use our computers. It might commence out with several hours of blackouts and then extend for weeks and months of blackouts.
Appropriate now, there are 41 states that have opted for not teaching children cursive writing, Georgia becoming the most current 1. Massachusetts and California are nonetheless teaching it. I wonder how long it will take for a mass exodus to those states by the parents of young young children who want their kids to have all the benefits of a good education.