At the boundary of week in and facing yet another period of discomfort and distress. Being a senior is not fun, especially the physical and mental degradations. One of the things I am trying to break is feeling individual responsibility for the collective stupidity of the species. After all, the majority of the species are extrovert bogs so on either a democratic or totalitarian basis, why should a introvert nerd feel other than excluded?
Some of my neuronorm colleagues wring their hands for not doing more but to do more – effectively – requires some form of cooperation of society that I have been unable to find.
I have commented on the increasing incompetence of the educational instrumentality. More than half of the high shule graduates who enter college, which is the majority, must take remedial coursework. I can find no stronger indictment that pre-college education is a failure already, probably in large part because of Every Child Left Behind.My boggish colleagues ask when I am going to quit just criticizing and offer a solution, but solutions are hard, especially those that involve people.
The latest impulse of public shule demands for increased funding did rile me enough that I was able to formulate a strategy of solution, if not solution itself. Money, based on over twenty years of observation, will not fix the problems with the public shules. But I have an inkling of what will fix them, and reduce actual costs, and that is to start abolishing rules on both teachers and students. The starting point is, of course, to abolish standardized tests, including the college admission tests that existed when I was a student. Next, we need to abolish all rules on behavior that does not result in physical or mental harm that requires attendance by a medical practitioner.
No more expelling students for saying “bang, bang” or pantomiming a pistol. No more expelling students for objectionable clothing. But definitely expulsion for chronic bullying. Or exile to Coventry. Or better, electroshock therapy.
I got this idea from an epiphany:
“Formalization eliminates both good and bad and replaces them with boring mundanity.”
Rules, as Plato would tell us at the Academy, are the enemy of education.
The higher education establishments are not excluded. They are increasingly unsustainable and failing. All those students entering, who cannot perform to standard, and in great numbers, are forcing the dilution of all curricula. In effect, our colleges are turning themselves into high shules.
I’ll B&M about the collapse of the graduate education system at a later time. [Link]