You get to redesign school as we know it from the ground up. Will you do away with reading, writing, and arithmetic? What skills and knowledge will your school focus on imparting to young minds?
Sports teaches us that the best athletes make the worst coaches. There are exceptions, but generally the assumption is nearly a rule.
Billy Martin, an average baseball player but great coach and manager, invited the great Mickey Mantle to spring training. Mantle by far was one of the most gifted athletes in baseball history. Martin ordered Mantle, “Look, don’t try to teach them anything, because you’ll screw them up. You know how to play, but don’t know what it’s like to teach or work on something.”
That said if starting a school from the ground up I’d tell all the smart people (all those in the upper crust scholastically) to find a job in the private sector where you can get fired for not performing.
I would want people to teach who understand the learning process; what it means to study and work and how to motivate people to do it.
Reading is more than knowing what letters form a word and what words form sentences. Reading is being able to understand thoughts in abstract and conveyed into practical use, values, and knowledge.
Writing is not simply knowing what letter form words and what words form sentences. Writing is the ability to take a practical idea, value, event, or task and arrange it in a logical sequence of words for others to understand.
Arithmetic is just not combining numbers but teaches the value, relationship, and differences in things. It gives a numerical value to things and gives a picture of how they compare with others. It teaches how to reason and think logically and deductively.
From those three things you can go to a store, purchase an item, go home, and assemble it, before some can have a store’s location typed into their GPS.
No, I’m not anti technology. I just think brains need to be stimulated by something other than video games.
I think baseball is the best game for hand/eye coordination and not dumb thumb games.
I think there’s something to be said about having a soccer ball smashed against the side of your face in a spirited game of dodge ball. It tells let’s you know there’s something to work on.
I don’t like coed sports. When tackling someone I want the drive them into the ground. When being tackled I want to feel it. If I have aggressiveness and meanness in me I don’t want to take it out on a girl. The only thing that should be coed is dancing. By the way that’s something you can teach in school. Done properly, you can learn how to hold a girl respectfully and the beauty of gracefully moving together. It’s a life lesson not a primal mating ritual.
I’d change one thing drastically, if a kid is a total screw-up in school, don’t send him to the school psychologists; send the parents. And send the bill to the parents.
Yeah, I know, who am I? How could I compare with all those Harvard, Princeton, and Yale educators. That’s basically from where all our ideas about education come.
I going to tell you what has happened. Take school lunches. When I was a kid and you went through the cafeteria line and got cornbread smothered in ham and beans, an apple, a tossed salad a slice of sheet cake, and a carton of milk. All the sudden it was determined at Harvard, Princeton, and Yale that students need choices. So it was Cheetos, corn chips, or potato chips, a strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, or cinnamon and brown sugar Pop Tarts, Coke, Pepsi, or Dr. Pepper, Pizza or hamburger, French fries or tater tots, green beans or Gummy Bears.
And educationally what is being offered is the intellectual equivalent, by teachers whose only skill is how to open a bag of chips and crack a can. (Before you have a hissy fit there are many fine teachers who can rip open a bag of chips with their teeth and use a can opener if the tab breaks.)
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